I've add olives, capers, crushed red pepper, and fresh basil to bottled pasta sauce for a quick variation on the traditional version.
8 ounces uncooked Bowtie pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups Muir Glen Organic tomato-basil pasta sauce
1/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped kalamata olives
1 tablespoon capers
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) preshredded Parmesan cheese
Chopped fresh basil or basil sprigs (optional)
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Add chicken to pan; sprinkle evenly with salt. Cook chicken 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta sauce, olives, capers, and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring frequently. Arrange 1 cup pasta on each of 4 plates; top with 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese. Garnish with chopped basil or basil sprigs, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings
CALORIES 530 (21% from fat); FAT 12.4g (sat 2.8g,mono 6.6g,poly 2g); IRON 4.2mg; CHOLESTEROL 104mg; CALCIUM 165mg; CARBOHYDRATE 55g; SODIUM 971mg; PROTEIN 51.8g; FIBER 2.1g