Penne With Chicken, Spinach, and Tomatoes With Balsamic Vinaigrette

Prep: 10 min., Cook: 20 min., Cool: 10 min.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living Cooking School

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Ingredients

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) box BARILLA PLUS Penne
  • 1 pound skinned and boned chicken breasts, diced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups (3 ounces) firmly packed fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups seeded and chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper

Preparation

  1. 1. Sauté chicken in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil in a medium skillet 5 to 6 minutes or until done.
  2. 2. Whisk together vinegar and mustard in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in 6 tablespoons olive oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. 3. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Spread pasta in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Let cool 10 minutes.
  4. 4. Toss together pasta, chicken, vinegar mixture, spinach, and remaining 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, or, if desired, cover and chill 1 hour before serving.
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