My wife really likes penne, but it isn’t my favourite pasta. Over the years I have made different penne recipes, chicken and penne is my wife’s favourite. Of all the penne recipes I have made it is the one I enjoy occasionally. Think my wife would like to have it monthly. Normally I don’t play with the recipe, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, parsley, and pasta water. Since I have been wanting spinach and she doesn’t like it as a vegetable she said could you use spinach instead of parsley. My answer was a loud YES! Spinach if I have it in the fridge I will put in just about anything. So last night’s supper was spinach and chicken penne. I found it an improvement to the original, and my wife said this is really good. A really good from her means it is something I will have to make again.
This is one of the simplest pasta dishes to make and works perfectly with penne. The freshness of the sauce is what makes it taste great. The chicken takes on the favours and adds flavour to the sauce. For me how fast the sauce is made make it a perfect dish on a busy day. The whole dish comes together in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the penne.
Half a bag of penne cooked to package directions
2 chicken breast cut in strips
1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half
5 cloves garlic minced
1/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup pasta water
2 heaping bowls spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
Preheat a large frying pan on medium high heat. Add chicken and salt and pepper, cook for 3 minutes stirring often. Add tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and italian seasoning, reduce heat to medium. Cook until the penne is done. Add the spinach, penne, and pasta water, cook for 90 second stirring constantly.