My cousin Ellen — an amazing cook and baker — came up with this great recipe this summer. Everyone who had already tried it swore that I would love it and my kids would eat it, and they were right. It really is the perfect summer dish. Fresh basil and garlic are a must (but canned tomatoes make it so easy).
1 12 oz. box bow-tie pasta
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/3 C. olive oil
1 6 oz. package Parmesan cheese
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 to 1/2 C. basil, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
3-4 Chicken Breasts, cooked and sliced (optional)
Cook pasta according to directions on the box. In a medium bowl, mix together tomatoes, olive oil, cheese, garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Drain pasta and return noodles to pot. Add tomato mixture to pasta and stir over low heat (only takes a minute or two to warm tomatoes). Add sliced grilled or baked chicken breasts and stir.