What do you get when you combine grilled chicken, fresh herbs, and pasta? You get a taste of summertime! That's where this dish gets it's name from, because we think of summertime whenever we eat it. This pasta dish is light, super easy to make and tastes so fresh. It is also adaptable, depending on the season. We grow a few herbs in our kitchen window sill so that we have fresh herbs all year long. And depending on how cold it is outside, we have been know to grill with snow on the ground. :) So even when it's cold and snowy, you can make this dish and be reminded of warmer days. Of course if you don't feel like grilling chicken in the cold, you could cook your chicken on top of your stove or bake it in the oven. In the summertime, I like to add some fresh tomatoes and serve the dish cold. It is a light and refreshing dinner, perfect for a hot summer evening. "Taste of Summertime" Pasta
1 chicken breast, grilled and chopped
8 oz. Ronzoni Smart Taste Rotini Pasta, cooked
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh basil, sliced into thin strips
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. coarse kosher salt
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Grill the chicken breast, then set it aside to rest for 10 minutes before chopping it into bite-sized pieces.
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package's directions. When the pasta is done, drain it and run it under cold water to cool the pasta off. Then pour the pasta into a large bowl. Add the olive oil, basil, parsley, lemon juice, salt and tomatoes. Toss the pasta and the ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat. Let the pasta dish warm up slightly for about 10 minutes before serving so that the full flavor can come out. Eating the cold pasta straight out of the fridge will dampen the herb flavors a bit.
For warm pasta:
Omit the tomatoes. Use penne or spaghetti pasta. Keep the chicken warm after cutting it up. When the pasta is done cooking, drain it but do not rinse it. Add all the ingredients to the large pot that the pasta was cooked in, toss together and cover to keep warm until ready to eat.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional information per serving:
6 g. fat
1 g. saturated fat
36.5 mg. cholesterol
159.5 mg. sodium
7.5 g. fiber
4 g. sugar
20 g. protein