Creamy Basil Pasta With Chicken & Vegetables

Creamy Basil Pasta With Chicken & Vegetables
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2 Reviews
Creamy basil sauce smothers pasta, chicken and vegetables for a healthy hearty family meal in this main dish recipe.
30 min
Prep Time
45 min
Total Time
6 servings

Ingredients

Pasta

6 ounces
uncooked dried penne pasta

Sauce

1 1/2 cups
Land O Lakes® Half & Half
1 (12-ounce) package
creamy pesto sauce mix*
1 tablespoon
olive oil
1 tablespoon
chopped fresh basil**

Chicken & Vegetables

1 tablespoon
Land O Lakes® Butter
1 pound
boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small (1/2 cup)
chopped onion
1 teaspoon
finely chopped fresh 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
 
*Substitute creamy Alfredo sauce mix.
**Substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside. Keep warm.
  2. Whisk half & half, sauce mix, olive oil and basil together in bowl until smooth; set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Recipe Tips

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

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
360
Cholesterol
65mg
Carbohydrates
34g
Protein
25g
Fat
12g
Sodium
480mg
Dietary Fiber
3g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

This is a very good recipe!!!

Rating

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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