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I am always looking for different dinner ideas to feed my family. They get tired of eating the same things over and over again, but truthfully, I really don’t have much time to change up my dinner menu that much. Some days I don’t have too much time to cook an elaborate meal so I try and change the recipes up for some of our staple meals.
Pasta is usually an easy go-to for us because it doesn’t take all day to make and I can change up the recipes easily. One of my family’s favorite dishes I make is my Fresh Caprese Pasta. It’s a delicious, yet easy way, to make dinner time fun again and get my kids to eat all their food.
I personally use Barilla Whole Grain Pasta when making this dish as it not only tastes great, but it is an excellent source of fiber. It’s also made with 100% Whole Wheat and has 56g of whole grain in each serving. It’s the perfect choice for a wholesome and fresh tasting pasta.
Fresh Caprese Pasta
- 1 box Barilla Whole Grain Pasta
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 c small yellow onion very, finely chopped
- 2 tsp mined garlic
- 2 1/2 c cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
- 1 jar your favorite marinara
- 1/2 c fresh basil thinly sliced or chopped
- 3/4 c mozzarella cheese chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 c Balsamic
- 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
- salt and pepper to taste, optional
- Cook the pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions. Cook and stir until translucent. Add in the garlic and stir until fragrant. Add cherry tomatoes and cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the Barilla Marinara and chicken stock. Let simmer for about 6 minutes and add half of the fresh basil.
- Drain the pasta and toss with the tomato mixture.
- Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Add in the mozzarella cheese, the remaining chopped basil, chicken and drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top.
- Enjoy immediately.
This recipe feeds my family of 4 and allows us to have leftovers for lunch the following day. Please keep in mind that it’s important to know your portion sizes, especially when it comes to pasta.
A single serving of pasta is generally regarded as 2 oz. (57 g) of cooked pasta for a first course or side dish. A serving can be raised 3 to 4 oz. (85 to 113 g) if it is the only course. Occasionally a serving is approximated as 1/2 cup (114 g) of pasta; however, this depends upon the shape of the pasta.
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