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Confession: I cannot resist an on-line quiz.
Embarrassing, but true.
If I’m scrolling my feed and a friend shares that her alter ego Disney Princess is Jasmine, I feel instantly compelled to find out mine (Snow White).
And while it’s certainly fun to learn which Beatle you are (late 60’s John), what decade you belong in (the 50’s), and which animal you were in a past life (cat), this information is neither helpful, nor even totally accurate (I mean, I am SO George).
But I’ve got a quiz for you today that you are going to LOVE – I know I do!
Because THIS quiz tells you what to make for dinner. Because dinner happens. Every. Single. Night. And because while I truly love to cook for my family – and have been doing so for almost 30 years – there are times where I am simply flat out of ideas, you know?
Enter Mueller’s® Pasta Matchmaker.
This quick and clever quiz asks a few simple questions – like who you’re cooking for, whether you’re using a protein or vegetables, and even your level of ambition (ranging from “take-out container” to carving a roast chicken) – and provides you with an easy, delicious, weeknight-friendly recipe.
Sounds great, right?
I took the quiz recently and got this Chicken Caprese Pasta:
This was a perfect recipe for us as it is one of our favorite types of meals – and I couldn’t wait to try it!
I headed over to my local ShopRite to purchase my Mueller’s® pasta and other ingredients.
And then I got cooking!
I used my favorite technique for oven-baking chicken breasts, but you can deploy whatever method you like (or even use some shredded rotisserie chicken).
While the pasta was boiling I quickly prepped my ingredients – halving the mozzarella balls, shredding the chicken and mincing the garlic.
And then into the pan!
First the garlic is sauteed in olive oil, followed by the tomatoes and basil:
Then the chicken, followed by the pasta.
And all is transferred to a serving dish. I like to add the mozzarella balls at the last minute so they retain their shape without getting too melty.
This was a crowd pleaser and one I will definitely make again – except I’m dying to try some of the other recipes first! For example, how good does Angel Hair with Shrimp and Basil sound? Or Minestrone Soup with White Beans and Kale?
And while I love the simplicity of having a recipe chosen for me, I also appreciate how flexible each recipe can be. For example, for this dish you can use any short pasta, substitute shredded mozzarella for the balls, or even swap out the chicken for steak.
And there’s more! You can show-off your mad cooking skills (and win prizes!) by participating in the Pasta Matchmaker Challenge! Put your own spin on any Mueller’s® classic recipe and submit your image. Contest dates are as follows:
- Challenge #1: January 1 – January 21
- Challenge #2: January 22 – February 4
- Challenge #3: February 5 – February 18
- Challenge #4: February 19 – March 4
- Challenge #5: March 5 – March 18
- Challenge #6: March 19 – April 1
And click here for even more inspiration!
So what will YOU make for dinner tonight?
16 ounces Mueller’s® Penne (or other short pasta)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic (from 2 cloves)
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped or cut into thin strips
10 – 12 ounces cooked chicken, diced or shredded (from 2 boneless breast halves)
1 1/2 cups mozzarella balls, halved (can substitute shredded or diced mozzarella)
salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well.
While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and basil and cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken and simmer for 5 minutes, or till heated through. Add drained pasta and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving dish, mix in mozzarella and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver