me and food/film/music/nerd soulmate had another thursday night in and made another AMAZING dish: baked penne. we couldn’t find ziti but penne was a good alternative. it was both our first time cooking it, but our taste buds were very happy with the result.

it served about 6 or 7 depending on portions… we used 4 chicken breast fillets, 1 large can of whole tomatoes, and a hand-size block of mozzarella. (sorry, i suck at details.)

  1. pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. brown pre-seasoned chicken (nothing fancy: oregano, salt & pepper and a little bit of water or lemon) sauteed in salt & pepper and generous quantities of onions & garlic. to keep it tender, be sure to cook on medium-low heat and cover it
  3. slowly add the canned tomato (canned has so much more juice!) into the chicken and bring to a simmer. add oregano/salt/pepper as desired
  4. after the penne is boiled and strained, add increments of the chicken/tomato along with mozzarella and shaved parmesan (it melts much more easily than shredded), making sure to toss it evenly so that the cheese and tomato are distributed evenly
  5. transfer the tossed chicken, tomato, cheese, and penne onto a casserole dish and add a layer of mozzarella on top
  6. bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until mozzarella boils
  7. serve with love!

also, i tossed a salad that wasn’t too hard to make with a dressing simple to mix. for the greens, i just used a bag of mixed greens and sliced strawberries as an alternative to tomatoes (YUM). for the dressing: mix ketchup, sriracha sugar, and mayo in a bowl and blend with a spoon. use proportions that are suitable for your own tastebuds, as i like it a little spicy. but the general ratio of ketchup:sriracha:mayo is 3:2:2 if that makes any sense. sugar, use at your discretion.

enjoy! and celebrate with 4 episodes of ‘glee’!


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