We like to keep things simple here, and when it comes to simple dishes, not much else is simpler than this Tomato Basil Chicken Penne Pasta!

When I think of cheap and easy, one of the first types of food that comes to mind is pasta. Most pasta just requires boiling and cooking whatever goes in with the pasta. This pasta takes that to a whole new level. With only a few ingredients and a tiny bit of cooking you have yourself a delicious dish that costs barely anything!

The ingredients in this pasta are actually pretty common. Odds are you’ll only need to grab one or two of them; the rest will be in your kitchen. This makes the dish perfect for last minute plans. Guests unexpectedly show up? No problem, this recipe makes enough for all. Accidentally burn your dinner? This meal goes together so quick your family won’t notice the difference. No matter the emergency, this recipe will serve as a great back up plan.

This pasta goes together very quickly and barely costs anything!

With only a handful of ingredients and a smidge of time, you can have yourself one great pasta dish. This pasta costs pocket change to prepare, so planning it for dinner only makes sense!

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Tomato Basil Chicken Penne

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  • Author: PocketChangeGourmet.com
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1 large pan 1x


This pasta goes together very quickly and barely costs anything!


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes


  1. Prepare pasta per instructions on the box
  2. Cube chicken and cook in pan, salt and pepper to taste
  3. Mix pasta with basil, garlic, and tomatoes, mix well
  4. Add chicken and mix well
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Main Dish



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