Creamy Basil Pasta With Chicken & Vegetables

Creamy Basil Pasta With Chicken & Vegetables

Creamy basil sauce smothers pasta, chicken and vegetables for a healthy hearty family meal in this main dish recipe.

30 min. prep time
6 servings
232 Ratings



6 ounces dried uncooked penne pasta


1 (1.2-ounce) package creamy pesto sauce mix*
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil**

Chicken & Vegetables

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups small broccoli florets
1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine
2 red, yellow and/or orange bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired


Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside.  Keep warm.

Whisk half & half, sauce mix, olive oil and basil together in bowl until smooth; set aside.

Melt butter in deep 12-inch non-stick skillet. Add chicken, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat 5-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Add all remaining ingredients except Parmesan cheese. Cover; continue cooking 4-6 minutes or until broccoli is crisply tender.

Gradually stir in sauce mixture. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, 2-3 minutes or until mixture is thickened and heated through. Stir in cooked pasta. Continue cooking 1 minute or until heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.


*Substitute creamy Alfredo sauce mix.

**Substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil.

Recipe Tip

A variety of pasta sauce mixes are available in the dry sauce/gravy section of the supermarket.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 360

Fat: 12g

Cholesterol: 65mg

Sodium: 480mg

Carbohydrates: 34g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 25g

Recipe #13730©2006Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is a very good recipe!!!
Although this was a 'good' recipe, and it tasted good-it reminded me of a frozen entree product that we have had before. The steps weren't difficult but a little more involved for the end results being in comparison with a product I can buy and put in my skillet in one step.

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