Chicken Caprese Pasta Recipe
This dish is a great way to use up a bumper crop of tomatoes and herbs. Tender fresh linguine works well with the pesto, but you can use dried pasta as well. A hot pasta dish does not always have to be loaded down with sausage, cheese, and a heavy sauce. Lighten it up and try this quick and easy Chicken Caprese Pasta, which is lightly flavored with a bright pesto made from fresh basil, parsley, and chives. When making any type of pasta dish, however, one simple trick will take the dish from good to great. The key to making great tasting pasta is in the cooking water. Add about 2 tablespoons of kosher salt to a large stockpot of boiling water. When the pasta is cooked, reserve a cup or two of cooking water (the exact amount is usually specified in the recipe) before draining the pasta. When combined with the other recipe ingredients, the salty, starchy liquid seasons your homemade sauce, gives it a silky texture and helps it cling to the noodles. Don't rinse the pasta or you will wash away more of the good starch. Follow recipe directions and add the pasta water a little at a time, stirring until the sauce is rich and smooth.