Tri-Coloured Tomato Pasta

I have to say I’m starting to get sick of ‘heavy’ meals… you know the ones we all stock up on all winter? Stews, heavy soups, chillies, etc… don’t get me wrong, by the middle of August you will see me making a casserole, and suggesting pumpkin dishes, but for the time being i’m feeling like lighter meals. Today, I’m bringing to you a colourful looking pasta dish.

Tri-Coloured Tomato Pasta
Tri-Coloured Tomato Pasta

I love pretty coloured meals, and not just the plates or bowls they are sitting on. It’s absolutely fantastic (and mouth watering) when I see a fruit salad bursting with colour, or a salad with more then just green. That’s why when I was at the grocery store last weekend I picked up a pint of twi-coloured cherry tomatoes. The bright colours screamed “eat me”… so I gave in.

tri-coloured tomatoes

It’s an easy meal overall, and if you don’t have time to slice up chicken into strips, I always suggest buying the pre-sliced (uncooked) strips from the meat section of your grocery store. You can usually find these with all the other fresh chicken options (breasts, thighs, club packs, etc…).

The Ingredients:

  • pint of cheery tri-coloured tomatoes
  • 2 chicken breasts sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups of Farfalle, cooked according to package directions
  • 2/3 cup of chicken broth (low-sodium if possible)
  • Juice of a lime.
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • Parmesan Cheese
tomato pasta in pan
tomato pasta in pan

The How-To:

  1. In a pan over medium heat, sauté chicken breasts until cooked through. Remove and set on a plate.
  2. Meanwhile, get a pot of water boiling, and cook pasta according to directions on the package.
  3. In the same pan add olive oil, garlic & onions. Cook until translucent.
  4. Add 1/3 cup of chicken broth and scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom. (If the pan is still to dry, add the remaining broth)
  5. Add the tomatoes and stir everything together. Cook until the tomatoes have broken down. Add lime juice.
  6. Re-add the chicken, and heat up until chicken is hot.
  7. Add the cilantro first, stirring everything together, and then add the pasta.
  8. Serve immediately topped with fresh parmesan and additional cilantro.
Pasta Dinner served
Pasta Dinner served

There you have it everyone! I served it with a simple spinach salad and some goat cheese sprinkled in it with my red-wine vinaigrette. Easy, and the whole thing can come together under 30 minutes… actually I made this on a Monday night. Lots of happy faces around my table!

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