Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two Way Pasta

We are coming to the end of our growing season for tomatoes and I made some Oven Dried Tomatoes the other day, they are so delicious. I use the Oven Dried Tomatoes (Here) as a base for this recipe. I just love this recipe, because it is so versatile. You can have it as a cold salad or a hot casserole, it is the greatest!

Two Way Pasta at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

As A Salad

Two Way Pasta at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

As A Casserole

Two Way Pasta
Miz Helen's Kitchen
4 cups cooked chicken chopped
1 pound Rigatoni cooked
1 cup Zucchini sliced
1 cup yellow onion chopped
1 cup Red Bell Pepper chopped
1 cup black olives, drained and chopped
1 cup Oven Dried Tomatoes chopped
6 ounces tomato paste
1 tablespoon dried oregano
3/4 cup fresh basil chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste 
1 cup mozzarella shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan shredded
3 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pour 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil into a hot skillet and saute the zucchini, onion, red pepper on medium heat until the onion is clear. 
Add the cooked chopped chicken and mix well. Add the tomato paste and the water and mix well, then add the chopped Oven Dried Tomatoes and mix. 
Add the basil, oregano, salt pepper and black olives then mix well. Leave the chicken and veggie mix on simmer, while you cook the pasta. 
Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain well and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. 
In a large container mix the chicken and veggie mix with the pasta and add the shredded mozzarella. 
Here you make the decision, which will it be, a nice cold Pasta Salad or a nice hot Pasta Casserole.

For The Salad
Place in refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours before serving, add the fresh shredded Parmesan to the top right before serving.

For The Casserole
Place in a baking dish and add the shredded Parmesan to the top of the casserole. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Two Way Pasta at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Chop The Veggies

Two Way Pasta at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Chop The Oven Dried Tomatoes

Two Way Pasta at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Add The Chopped Chicken

You Should Just Smell This Wonderful Dish

Two Way Pasta at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

   The Salad

Two Way Pasta at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

The Casserole

Hope You Enjoy It!

I sure am glad that you stopped by today to try out both of these great dishes. Be sure and let me know which one you like the best or maybe you want both, I did.  Hope to see you again real soon!
Peace and Joy


  1. YUM! The photos have my mouth watering.

  2. I can almost taste those oven dried tomatoes, they look so good! Both recipes sound delish--great stuff you have here!

  3. Oh my gosh, you really know how to cook down Dallas way! Both of them got my attention and will be added to my list to make!

  4. I love recipes that are versatile. They both look great but, I am obsessing over those tomatoes.

  5. This looks so good, will be trying both......one should never read food blogs just before dinner drooling I am!

  6. This looks delicious! What a great way to use a lot of garden fresh ingredients!

  7. Fantastic and healthy pasta dish.H=Great pics;)

  8. Visiting from Yvonne's linky. This looks so pretty and yummy. The pictures make me wish I was having this for dinner!

  9. Just scoop me up a bowl of each, please! I am a pasta fanatic and never say no to it in any form.

  10. Any way you serve it, I'm there!


  11. Now that's a versatile dish! Sounds delicious too!

  12. I love this two way pasta! What a versatile and delicious recipe, Miz Helen! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  13. You had me at Pasta! Both versions sound just delicious. Thanks so much for linking up.

  14. This looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing.


  15. Today....I think I choose salad! Great recipe to be flexible to what is needed. I don't know how I missed this one all week. Here it is time for Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits again. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Very, very clever. I love pasta dishes....hot or cold. Yours look delicious and thank you for sharing them at Foodie Wednesday.

  17. What a great pasta! I love anything I can make 2 meals out of :) PERFECT!


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