I just realized as I was proofing this post the caption I wrote above: “One Super Bowl of Pasta.” As I mentioned in my Skinny Mini Baked Potato post, I will not be indulging in the Super Bowl sporting event (I think it’s this weekend.) When I created the graphic above it had nothing to do with the Super Bowl, but hey if you want to make a big batch of pasta for your SB party go for it! (It will help absorb all the booze!) Homemade sauce can be so simple, and so very fabulous.
In my last post I shared the salad that kicked off our aprés ski dinner. My Spinach Salad with Roasted Pine Nuts was a yummy side to this warming, flavor filled pasta sauce. This dinner was quick and easy to prepare. Making your own tomato sauce is simple and it tastes so much better that anything in a jar.
Add what you like when it comes to seasonings, veggies and lean protein. Spoon your sauce over whole grain pasta, rice, quinoa, steamed or roasted veggies or dish it up right next to your salad like me! Anything goes…..the few extra minutes it takes to prepare your own sauce is so well worth the effort. Make a Big Batch and you have sauce for the week and some to put in the freezer for a meal in a pinch.
Not only is this sauce super tasty. It is loaded with high energy good for you ingredients. From tomatoes that are high in the antioxidant lycophene to the lean protein in the Chicken breast. This is a supercharged well balanced sauce that can be used to top your whole wheat pasta. Oh right, there are numerous good for you stuff in whole grains too, from fiber to essential vitamins and minerals. It’s all in this well rounded bowl of warming goodness!
To learn more about the health benefits of these saucy ingredients click the following links:
- Livestrong: Five Things You Need to Know About Whole Grains
- MayoClinic: Dietary Fiber: Essential For a Healthy Diet
Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce and Chicken
About 6 Servings
- Source Organic ingredients when available
- Shop for ingredients at the MarlaMeridith.com Amazon Store
- As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your sauce. More garlic, less smoked smoked paprika? The choice is yours! My ingredient lists are wide open for interpretation. I would love to hear your take!
- 28 ounce can Fire-Roasted Tomatoes (I used the Organic Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes)
- 1 large Onion, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds Chicken Breast, cut into bite sized pieces (buy more if you are gonna do a Big Batch)
- Olive Oil
- 1 cup Fresh Basil, coarsely chopped
- Parmesan, Romano or any hard grated cheese
- Whole Wheat Pasta
- Season to Taste:
- Garlic Salt (If you have garlic cloves, chop a few up and toss them in)
- Sweet Smoked Paprika
- Hot Pepper Flakes
- Cracked Black Pepper
- In a large sauté pan heat a splash of olive oil on medium high, add chopped onion , a dash of smoked paprika, hot pepper garlic salt and pepper. Heat a few minutes until onions are fragrant and translucent.
- Add chicken to pan and sauté until cooked through and slightly browned.
- Add fire roasted tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Add more seasonings to taste.
- Add basil at the end of cooking time.
- Cook up some pasta and serve up your sauce! Top with freshly grated cheese.