I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pastasamples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Chicken & Fall Harvest Veggies Hot Pasta Salad Recipe #PastaFits

Did you know that October is National Pasta Month? Isn’t that exciting? To me, every month is “pasta month,” as it’s my all-time favorite dinner food.

I’m not a big veggie person, but I do love zucchini and squash! I’m always looking for delicious yet easy ways to incorporate them into recipes. I came across a Chicken and Pasta Salad recipe on the Pasta Fits website. I was searching for another recipe to use for my second post as a Pasta Fits Ambassador. It looked like a perfect way to use those delicious fall harvest veggies that I’m so fond of! Check out the original recipe on the Pasta Fits website. I tweaked mine a bit to highlight my favorite parts and take out the stuff I really don’t eat. I also made mine hot instead of cold. I also made more of it to serve my family.

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Chicken & Fall Harvest Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 pound of your favorite pasta
  • 1  medium diced zucchini
  • 1  medium diced yellow squash
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Basil (original recipe calls for 1/4 cup fresh chopped, but I didn’t have that so I used the dried kind)
  • 3 tsp. grated garlic (or minced garlic)
  • 6 Tbsp./1 oz. extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh shredded Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)

Directions:

Chicken & Fall Harvest Veggies Hot Pasta Salad Recipe #PastaFits

Chicken:

  • Pound the chicken to make it thinner, then prepare it in a skillet seasoned with the vegetable oil and a little ground pepper. The original recipe called for grilling it, but it was pouring rain when I made it. Make sure you cook the chicken thoroughly. I found it easier to break it up as I cooked it.
  • When the chicken is done, set it aside. When it’s cool enough, chop it or shred it. We kind of did both.

Pasta:

  • Cook according to the directions on the package. Make it al dente. Drain and set aside.

Vegetables:

Chicken & Fall Harvest Veggies Hot Pasta Salad Recipe #PastaFits

  • The original recipe called for them to just be diced and put into the salad. I don’t like raw vegetables at all, so we sautéed them  with a bit of olive oil.
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Dressing:

  • While your chicken and pasta are cooking, get the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and basil out.
  • Mix all of the above in a metal bowl.

Put it all together:

  • Combine the pasta, chicken and dressing into a large pasta bowl.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Pasta Fits Harvest Veggies with Chicken 2

Pasta Fits During National Pasta Month!

Pasta Fits is a fun website to visit anytime, but they’re of course kicking things up a notch during National Pasta month! Head on over to their website to check out the latest pasta news. Plus, during October, they have a fun contest happening on the Pasta Fits Facebook page!

What will you make to celebrate National Pasta month? What’s your favorite pasta recipe?