If you're not feeling like regular pasta tonight, turn to butternut squash noodles. These delicate veggie strands are a great base for any number of sauces and toppings, like this creamy and decadent Alfredo sauce with chicken, garlic and silky spinach.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell.com, December 2018


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Instructions Checklist
  • Put a large pot of water on to boil. Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a julienne or regular vegetable peeler, cut squash into long, thin strands. You should have about 10 cups of squash "noodles."

  • Combine broth, wine, chicken tenders and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the garlic is soft, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, cook the squash noodles in the boiling water, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spinach. Drain in a colander for 3 minutes, then transfer to a serving bowl. Cover with foil to keep warm.

  • Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board; chop or shred into bite-size pieces. Transfer the garlic and broth to a blender and process until smooth, about 1 minute. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Return the mixture to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add cornstarch mixture; whisk until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Whisk in 1 cup Parmesan, sour cream, butter, pepper and nutmeg. Stir in the chicken and cook for 1 minute more.

  • Pour the chicken mixture over the squash noodles. Serve topped with the remaining 3 tablespoons Parmesan and parsley.

Nutrition Facts

504.9 calories; protein 40g 80% DV; carbohydrates 38.6g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 10.6g 42% DV; sugars 6.1g; fat 21.5g 33% DV; saturated fat 11.6g 58% DV; cholesterol 114.2mg 38% DV; vitamin a iu 34898.3IU 698% DV; vitamin c 71.7mg 120% DV; folate 264.2mcg 66% DV; calcium 450mg 45% DV; iron 6.2mg 35% DV; magnesium 165.7mg 59% DV; potassium 854.5mg 24% DV; sodium 629.9mg 25% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 20% DV.