Butternut Squash Alfredo with Chicken & Spinach

Butternut Squash Alfredo with Chicken & Spinach

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From: EatingWell.com, December 2018

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2½ pounds butternut squash, peeled
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 8 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus 3 tablespoons, divided
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Prep

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  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pour the chicken mixture over the squash noodles. Serve topped with the remaining 3 tablespoons Parmesan and parsley.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 cups
  • Per serving: 505 calories; 21 g fat(12 g sat); 11 g fiber; 39 g carbohydrates; 40 g protein; 264 mcg folate; 114 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 34,898 IU vitamin A; 72 mg vitamin C; 450 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 630 mg sodium; 854 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (698% daily value), Vitamin C (120% dv), Folate (66% dv), Calcium (45% dv), Iron (33% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 2½ fat, 1½ starch, 1½ vegetable, 1 high-fat protein

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