I plan my meals out every week and I try to stick to the plan as much as possible but sometimes life gets in the way. This is one of my stand-by meals for nights like that. I always keep pre-cooked chicken in the freezer, so it is really easy to throw together.
Penne with Chicken, Spinach and Tomatoes
8 oz uncooked penne, plus salt for cooking pasta
1/3 cup(s) chicken broth
3 cloves garlic clove minced
8 oz spinach, washed, stemmed, coarsely chopped (about 5 cups)
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 cups of chopped cooked chicken
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
Salt and pepperCook penne in boiling salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid before draining pasta.
Meanwhile, heat broth in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add spinach, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Add cooked penne, reserved cooking liquid, chicken and tomatoes to skillet. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until tomatoes are slightly pulpy, stirring occasionally, about 2 to 3 minutes; add cheese and heat through. Serves 4.Enjoy!
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.