Penne with Spinach, Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomatoes and Pinenuts

This pasta recipe is full of delicious ingredients that work so well in one dish.  It is easy to prepare and filling.  Try it served with a simple green salad.  It is a great dish for a group of friends or a supper club.  If you use it to entertain, start by serving some roasted garlic with parmesan cheese and olive oil and a loaf of french bread.  I have to give the credit for this recipe to my neighbor, Sara.  She is very much a taste-tester for most others recipes, but this one was cooked at her house!  We love getting together to try new things and combine ideas that we will all enjoy.  She says that she is “learning” how to cook but it always comes out great! 

 

Penne with Spinach, Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomatoes and Pinenuts

12 oz. penne pasta (whole wheat if you like)

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

non-stick cooking spray

2 T. olive oil

1 T. garlic 

6 cups fresh spinach (2 10 oz. bags)

1/2   c . sundried tomatoes, packed in oil

salt and pepper to taste

 1 T. basil

2 T. balsamic vinegar

1/2 c. goat cheese

2 T. pine nuts

 

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain pasta, return to pot and set aside. 

Season each chicken breasts with salt and pepper.  Heat a non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray.  Add chicken and cook until cooked all the way through, flipping throughout.  (about 7 minutes per side)  Slice the chicken into thin strips.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 T. olive oil then add the garlic, sundried tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.  Saute for about 3 minutes then add the spinach, cooking until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.  (Add spinach slowly and toss continuously.  Continue adding spinach as it begins to wilt.)    Add the olive oil and spinach mixture to the pasta.  Stir in goat cheese and 2 T. pine nuts.  Toss until cheese is melted. 

Transfer pasta into a serving dish and top with grilled chicken slices.  Sprinkle with fresh basil if desired.

I hope you enjoy!

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