1 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.
Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes
I’ve been craving some pasta lately, and I think this hit the spot. I saw Giada make this on her show on Monday. She was cooking for kids and I thought this looked really yummy. Giada drives me mad when she says “Just like that” or the word “and” on her show. One time I counted when I was watching her and I think she said the word and like over 20 times. I’m sorry, but that is way too much I think.
My favorite part of this pasta had to be the cheese, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese on the top of the pasta. It got really crisp and golden and I loved the crunch. I was reading the reviews for this dish on food network’s website and it had 627 when I last looked at it. Some people said they used Italian sausage to make this and I think that would be very good as well. I always like to try the recipe the way it is written first and if I think it needs something else I will try it again with whatever I want in it. Even the boyfriend thought it was really good!