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I spent the past 2 1/2 weeks traipsing across Europe, seeing some pretty freakin’ fantastic sights, and eating all kinds of amazing food. More on that coming soon (I promise!), but I just thought I’d explain my semi-absence from the blog these last few weeks. I’ve come back bearing a knock-your-socks-off pasta recipe though – which is really only appropriate considering all the Italy talk that’s been going on around here lately – so we’re back in the swing of things! (← Truth be told I’m not really back in the swing of things at all and I feel like I’m slowly unearthing myself from a mound of comments and emails, but sometimes you just gotta fake it ’til you make it).
Anyhow, I’ve been editing photos of this pasta all day long and – lemme tell you – the cravings are REAL. I made it before I left on a bit of whim (because I’m not exactly an expert griller, I rarely make pasta, and I’ve always been a little iffy on sun-dried tomatoes), but I can’t even explain how good it turned out. There’s all this colorful fusilli pasta mixed with slices of grilled chicken, garlic, capers, mascarpone, and YES!, sun-dried tomatoes, and the combined flavor is so crazy bold and delicious. It also feels really light since its not all saucy – the mascarpone adds just the right amount of creaminess without weighing it down – so it’s perfect for summer. I like to finish it off with a drizzle of Colavita’s White Truffle Balsamic Glacé (because I’m obsessed with all things truffle), which adds just a hint of sweetness in a very non-weird way and compliments the other flavors SO well.
The best news is that it’s pretty easy to put together and basically functions as a one-dish meal. All you need is a glass of white wine and maybe a breezy outdoor patio to really complete the Italian summer vibe. Ya feel me?
A quick note: I’ve become a big fan of all of Colavita’s products since they helped make this pasta SO COMPLETELY AWESOME (and completely changed my opinion of sun-dried tomatoes!) Quite a few products are used in this recipe, so if you’re interested in getting your hands on them, Colavita is currently offering a $1 off coupon which you can get here!
Grilled Chicken Fusilli Pasta
An easy summer-inspired Italian dish made with mascarpone, sun-dried tomatoes, and capers for a light, fresh pasta that packs in the flavor!
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
- 5 chicken breast tenders
- Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, for brushing
- Rachael Ray Salt from the Sea (freshly ground), for seasoning
- Rachael Ray Malabar Black Peppercorns (freshly ground), for seasoning
- 11 ounces Colavita Tricolor Fusilli
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons Colavita Roasted Garlic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, divided
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) mascarpone
- 2 1/8 ounces (1/4 cup) Colavita Sun-dried Tomatoes, chopped
- 2 1/8 ounces (1/4 cup) Colavita Capers
- 1/4 teaspoon Rachael Ray Salt from the Sea (or to taste)
- Colavita White Truffle Balsamic Glacé, for drizzling
- Rachael Ray Malabar Black Peppercorns (freshly ground), for serving
- Place chicken breast tenders in a large zip-top bag, press out excess air, and seal. Use a meat tenderizer to lightly pound to even thickness.*
- Transer chicken to a tray or large casserole dish. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Flip and repeat on opposite sides. Let chicken sit while preheating grill to medium-high heat.
- Grill chicken for about 3-4 minutes on each side, just until cooked through (the internal temperature should read 160ºF.) Slice before adding to pasta.
- In a large pot, bring about 5 quarts of water seasoned lightly with salt to a rapid boil.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium-large fry pan over medium-low to medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until turning golden (about 3-4 minutes). Remove from heat.
- Add fusilli to pasta water, stir, and boil for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until al dente (cooked, but on the firm side). Strain water from noodles and transfer to pan with garlic.
- Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, mascarpone, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, salt, and sliced chicken to pasta. Place over medium-low to medium-heat and toss together until well-combined and hot. Remove from heat.
- Serve immediately, with a drizzle of balsamic glacé and freshly ground pepper.
*You can skip this step if your tenders are already even in thickness, but otherwise it’s helpful in order to ensure even cooking.