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Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love–Shells with Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella

With the start of the school year comes the beginning of the crazy schedules. Around here, the kids’ activities are not reserved only for the weekdays. Weekend mornings are filled with baseball practice, dance class, and playdates, not to mention family celebrations. Instead of stressing about what to make for family dinner on Sunday night, I love a simple recipe like this one from Martha Stewart so I can focus my energy on getting ready for the busy week ahead.

Sunday Suppers with Lunchbox Love | Shells with Grilled Chicken and Mozzerella

(image and recipe from Martha Stewart)


Coarse salt and ground pepper
Vegetable oil, for grates
1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets
8 ounces medium pasta shells
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons butter


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for pasta. Meanwhile, heat grill to medium; lightly oil grates. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from grill, and cut into thin strips, halving if long.

Cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot. Add chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella, parsley, Parmesan, and butter. Toss to combine. Add reserved pasta water a little at a time to create a sauce that coats shells (you may not need all the water). Serve with more Parmesan.

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