Sunday, February 15, 2009

EWD- Baked Pastina!

Easy Weeknight Dinners, 2nd Edition.

Love simple, yet delicious Italian dishes?? Yeah, me too. =)

Here's a great recipe that I love, from one of my cooking mentors, Giada...


Baked Pastina
Recipe courtesy of Giada DeLaurentis

1 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup cubed chicken breast
1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish

1-Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2-Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.

3-Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more.

4-Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

5- Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter.

6-Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Soooooooooo delicious! We never have any leftovers of this!

Happy Sunday!


  1. Yum. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking for some new dinner recipes this week.

  2. Oh that looks yummy, will have to try it :)I like your blog and you have a beautiful family!

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  3. Thanks for sharing--I'm going to have to give it a try! I think I'll make more though so that I can have some leftovers!

  4. Oh yeah, baby! Italian! Soo going into my bookmarked recipe folder, thank you! :)