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Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pan seared sun-dried tomatoes and oven-roasted chicken with sauteed mushrooms, garlic, and spinach added to a rich and flavorful creamy mozzarella marinara sauce with penne pasta.  Pan tossed with parmesan cheese and herbs to give a robust Tuscan flavor.  This recipe will become a family favorite.
Course main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 3 Forester Farmer's Market Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Pasta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2` teaspoon Italian seasoning, optional
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese crumbs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Lightly oil Forester Farmer's Market chicken then top with dry herbs.  Bake according to package directions. 
    Fill a large pot with water and cook pasta to al dente according to package directions.
    In a large braiser pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-low heat. 
    Add sun-dried tomatoes and chopped mushrooms. Flip sun-dried tomatoes often to prevent burning then remove to cutting board. Dice; set aside. 
    Continue to saute mushrooms for additional 3 minutes, stirring with spatula. 
    Stir in minced garlic.  Cook 2-3 minutes. 
    Stir in stock. Reduced heat to low. 
    Stir in 24 ounces marinara sauce, red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, pepper and Italian seasoning. 
    Simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
    Fill a large pot with water and cook pasta to al dente according to package directions.
    In the marinara pan, stir in half & half.  Occasionally stir for 3 minutes.
    Add shredded mozzarella cheese and stir until melted.
    Fold in fresh spinach, combining everything well. 
    Cook for 5 minutes. 
    Stir in pasta and chopped chicken.
    Top with parmesan cheese.