Tomato Basil Chicken & Pasta
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
5 tbsp dried basil
4-8 tbsp olive oil
2 lbs chicken breast or 4 cups of tofu
1 can tomato sauce (not paste!)
1 can small diced tomatos
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 can of quartered artichoke hearts (optional)
1 cup fresh mushrooms (optional)
1 cup of sliced black olives (optional)
2 cups of fresh spinach (optional)
Toasted pine nuts (garnish)
Fresh parmesan (garnish)
Fresh Basil (cut into small strips) (garnish)
Pasta noodles (penne absorbs the sauce well)
Cut chicken into small 1 inch pieces and cook in a skillet with 1 or 2 tbsps of olive oil.
In another skillet, saute garlic and onion in olive oil under tender, add wine and cook down another 5-10 minutes. Add tomato sauce, basil and water- cook for 5 minutes.
Add all other optional ingredients and cook for 10-20 minutes uncovered.
Add chicken (or leave chicken out for a vegetarian option. It is also really good with crumbled Tofu!)
Serve over cooked noodles and top with the three garnishes listed above.
Pairs Well With
This is a recipe that I got from my sister with a few additions for more flavor. It is perfect for large groups because it is quick and easy to make!