This pasta was so light and so delicious that I am thinking about going back for thirds right now! Yes, you heard it, I said thirds :) Not seconds, THIRDS! :)
I came up with this dish while I was at Costco, shopping around, buying way more than I needed to. What is it about Costco? I mean I really can't go in there and NOT spend under $100! Do any of you have that same problem. I mean I went there on the intentions of only buying diapers and I came out with, diapers, wipes, water, raspberries, hummus, pajamas for the little one, salad, milk, some cheese, a huge thing of balsamic vinegar, a rotisserie chicken (those things are deadly good!), some ribs for fathers day, fruit snacks, crackers, cherry tomatoes, and last but DEFINITELY not least, 2 loaves of rosemary bread! So much for only buying diapers Ha...
Anyways, I was on a major Italian kick and that's when this pasta popped into my mind. Lets just say that I am glad it was so good cause when you buy most of the ingredients from costco, you are bound to have one Large dish!
Also, check out my Guest Post over @ The Country Cook today! I feel so blessed and lucky to be a guest post twice this week and on 2 of my favorite and AMAZING blogs. Brandie is one of the sweetest people that I have met through this whole blogging process and I KNOW FOR A FACT, that any of you out there that know her, would definitely agree with me! Check it out and check out Brandie's awesome blog! She is the one to thank for these amazing Pork Chops in/a Creamy Gravy that I have on my blog! Thanks again Brandie, I had a blast :)
2 cups Shredded Chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken, made it that much easier to throw together)
1 lb. Penne Noodles (this is all I had on hand, you could use Linguine, bowtie, spiral, etc.)
1 cup of cherry tomatoes (chopped)
8 oz. Fresh Mozzarella (diced into cubes)
2 large Garlic Cloves (minced)
3 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
6 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 cup of fresh Basil (chopped)
1/2 tsp. of Salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Cook the noodles as desired on package. While the noodles are cooking, shred the chicken into bite sized pieces, dice up the tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese and place all these ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Slowly mix in the oil. Chop up the fresh basil and pour 1/2 cup of it into the sauce. Whisk for 1 minute.
When the noodles are done cooking, drain, and place them into the bowl with the chicken. Add in the remaining basil and pour the dressing over the noodle/chicken mixture and toss till everything is well combined. Serve with a slice of warm bread. (Costco's Rosemary Bread goes great with this dish!)