Italian Sampler Platter

Source: Plum Borough School District, Pittsburgh
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Main Ingredient: Poultry, Pasta, Cheese
Menu Part: Appetizer
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 1 serving

High school students like to see school lunch items that mimic those they can find outside campus. This entrée does just that, by being similar to a dish found at Olive Garden. According to Maryann Lazzaro, R.D., food service director, “Lunch sales skyrocket this day as students flock to lunch for one of our signature dishes.” 

Ingredients

1 to 2 oz. precooked grilled chicken breast
1 cup cooked 51% whole-grain pasta
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. marina sauce
1/4 oz. shredded low-fat, part skim mozzarella
1 1-oz. whole-grain breadstick

Steps

  1. Heat chicken according to package directions.
  2. Heat marina sauce according to package directions.
  3. Hold cooked pasta for serving.
  4. Place 1 tablespoon of pasta sauce on cooked chicken breast and spread lightly.
  5. Sprinkle 1/4 ounce cheese over cooked chicken and sauce and place in warmer for cheese to melt.
  6. Serve 1 cup cooked pasta and chicken on plate and top pasta with 1/2 cup sauce. Serve with warm breadstick.