Warm Penne Pasta Salad

Warm Penne Pasta Salad

I’m not sure what is going on, but I loveeee me some wheat pasta!  I love my carbs, however since I’m nursing I really want to make sure I’m eating foods that are healthier, right?  Just last week I made my Cream Cheese Macaroni, but used whole wheat elbows instead of the traditional.  I also like pairing my pasta with BUTTER.  Who doesn’t?  Now I try to add more veggies in too!  

I’m not a picky eater at all, and I love my produce!  I just have a hard time eating a huge bowl of string beans on it’s own.  Not that it isn’t delicious.. it could just be better!  Pasta dishes are also perfect when in a pinch and short on time.  I can seriously eat pasta, every.single.day!  I won’t, but could.    My favorite way is with tons of garlic.  I have a serious garlic obsession   I go through about a dozen bulbs a month!  This pasta salad I made the other day is a perfect pair with grilled chicken, or even on it’s own!  I ate it all by it’s lonesome for lunch and enjoyed every single bite!  My favorite thing to do is get a bite of each ingredient on a fork – party time!

Warm Penne Pasta Salad

Warm Penne Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
2 Cups Penne Pasta
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Teaspoon Butter
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
2 Handfuls of Frozen String Beans
2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
1/2 Cup Fresh Mozzarella, chopped
Pinch of Dried Basil
Salt to Taste

Directions:
In a sauce pan bring water to a boil and add in the pasta once boiling.  In a small fry pan heat together the butter and oil.  Add in the garlic and cook on medium-low until softened.  When the pasta is almost done add in the string beans.  Drain pasta and add in the garlic butter/oil with tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are slightly softer.  Toss in the mozzarella, basil, salt to taste, and enjoy!

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