Chicken Pesto Pasta with Asparagus

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Asparagus

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From:, April 2019

This healthy chicken pesto pasta is easy to make thanks to convenience ingredients like rotisserie chicken and store-bought pesto. The addition of fresh asparagus—which is cooked in the same pot as the pasta—brightens up the look and the flavors of this family-friendly and easy one-pot dinner. Fresh basil, if you have it on hand, is a nice finishing touch.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 (7 ounce) container refrigerated basil pesto
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about ¼ cup)
  • Small fresh basil leaves for garnish


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  1. Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Add asparagus to the pot during the final 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain, reserving ½ cup cooking water.
  2. Return the pasta mixture to the pot; stir in chicken, pesto, salt and pepper. Stir in the reserved cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish; sprinkle with Parmesan and garnish with basil, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 422 calories; 18 g fat(4 g sat); 1 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 59 mcg folate; 70 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 636 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 168 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 714 mg sodium; 417 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 3 fat, 3 lean protein, 2 starch, ½ vegetable

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