Recipe: Penne al Fresco

We received a cool Pampered Chef dish as a wedding present, and I tested it out tonight with a recipe that came along with the dish.

I’m fairly certain you could use any microwave safe cook dish to make this recipe.

Penne al Fresco

– 4 cloves of peeled chopped garlic
– 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
– 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
– 3 cups chicken broth
– 3/4 cup dry white wine (I used a $4 bottle of chardonnay)
– 1 1/4 cups lightly packed chopped basil
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Spray whatever cooking dish you’re using with non-stick cooking spray. Microwave the garlic and tomatoes on high (covered) for 2 minutes, then stir. Cook for another 3 minutes until the tomatoes have “popped.”

2. Crush the tomatoes and add pasta, broth, wine, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and microwave on high for 16-18 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.

3. Add the basil and cheese, saving a little of each for garnish if you’re fancy like that.

Voila! Fancy pasta, and some leftover wine to pair with it 😉 The original recipe says you can include grilled chicken, which I’m sure would also be tasty. I think I should have added more pasta to ours because there was a good amount of liquid still in the dish after cooking, but I just served it using a slotted spoon and no one was the wiser!

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