In the midst of all the recent stress and craziness working on the Real Food for Rookies class, opening enrollment, etc., Sonia has been such a great friend. She’s had my kids over a few times so I could get some work done without interruptions, she’s patiently listened to my whining about the latest issue I didn’t know how to fix, and THEN she had us over for dinner the other night and made this super yummy recipe!
Margarita Pasta with Grilled Chicken
For the pasta:
- 8 ounces dry pasta of your choosing
- 3 cups halved grape or cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups diced fresh mozzarella
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
- Toasted pine nuts (or even better, soak them for crispy pine nuts, just like in this crispy nuts recipe)
- Sea salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste
- Extra Parmesan to sprinkle on top
For the chicken:
Preheat grill to medium high. Bring large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain. Set aside. Combine tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl. Set aside.
Coat chicken with oil and spices. Grill covered until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill and tent with foil. Rest for 3-4 minutes, then slice into strips. (You could also cut the chicken into strips and sauté it with the oil and spices in a frying pan.)
Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in skillet over medium low heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. The olive oil will shimmer when it's hot enough to add garlic. Toss tomato and cheese mixture with garlic-infused oil and pasta. Stir in basil. Season with salt, pepper, and pepper flakes. Top with sliced chicken and pine nuts and extra Parmesan as desired.
Makes 4-6 servings.
(Sonia served it with a tasty Caesar salad and some fresh blueberries).
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Thank you again, Sonia! 🙂
- Read Sonia’s Health & Nutrition Guest Interview, although now her story would be different since she recently began eating meat again. (It wasn’t because I annoyed her like crazy about it either, honest!) She said she’ll tell you all about it one of these days. 🙂
- Here’s the interview with her husband, Bob, who is also a great friend!
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