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This pasta recipe rivals any restaurant pastas. It also reheats well, and makes a great party dish or a potluck dish. This recipe makes a pretty big portion – it serves 6-8 people. If you want to make less, just use half of the ingredients.
1 lb pasta
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast
1 lb mushrooms
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 package fresh basil leaves
2 cans (15 oz each) crushed tomatoes
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Make the tomato sauce:
In a saucepan, put the extra-virgin olive oil and minced garlic. Heat over medium heat until garlic starts to sizzle. Add crushed tomatoes and stir. Chop the basil and add to the tomatoes, and stir. When it boils, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Cook The Vegetables:
Peel and chop the zucchinis and chop the mushrooms. Heat 2 large non-stick frying pans over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms to one frying pan and zucchinis to the other. Cook, stirring periodically, for 10 minutes. When finished cooking, add salt and pepper to taste, then put zucchinis and mushrooms into 1 very large bowl.
Cook The Chicken:
Chop the chicken into very small pieces. Heat the non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring periodically, for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix Vegetables, Chicken and Tomato Sauce:
Add chicken to the large bowl with vegetables. Add tomato sauce to that bowl as well. Mix chicken, tomato sauce and vegetables in that bowl.
Cook pasta according to package directions. When the pasta finished cooking, drain it into a colander.
Mix Everything and Add Cheese:
Heat 2 large non-stick frying pans over medium-high heat. Put half of the pasta into 1 frying pan, the the other half in the other. Then add half of the zucchini-mushroom-chicken-tomato mixture to the pasta in one frying pan, and the other half to the other frying pan. Sprinkle the contents of one frying pan with 1/2 of the parmesan cheese, and the other frying pan with the remaining cheese. Mix until everything is combined and heated through.