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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.

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30 min
Prep Time
45 min
Total Time



6 ounces uncooked dried penne pasta


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.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 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. STEP 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.

Tip #1

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

Nutrition (1 serving)

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