Creamy Chicken-Asparagus Pasta

Creamy Chicken-Asparagus Pasta

If you have leftover chicken in the fridge, and broken lasagna noodles in the box in your pantry, here's a terrific way to use them. As a bonus, supper's on the table in 25 minutes.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

25

Minutes

Makes

4

servings

1/3
cup pine nuts
10
uncooked lasagna noodles (about 8 oz), broken into 2-inch pieces
1
bunch asparagus (about 1 lb), trimmed, cut diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1
jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce
1/3
cup refrigerated basil pesto (from 7-oz container)
2
cups shredded cooked chicken
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/3
cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1
small tomato, chopped (1/2 cup)
  1. To toast pine nuts, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until nuts begin to brown, then stirring constantly until nuts are light brown. Remove from skillet to plate; set aside to cool.
  2. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package, adding asparagus during last 3 minutes of cooking time.
  3. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat Alfredo sauce to boiling. Stir in pesto with whisk. Stir in chicken and salt.
  4. Reserve 1/4 cup asparagus for garnish. Stir noodles and remaining asparagus into Alfredo-pesto mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until hot. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and cheese; garnish with tomato and reserved asparagus.
Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (1 3/4 Cups))
  • Calories 970
    • (Calories from Fat 540),
  • Total Fat 60g
    • (Saturated Fat 27g,
    • Trans Fat 1 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 175mg;
  • Sodium 1150mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 62g
    • (Dietary Fiber 6g,
    • Sugars 5g),
  • Protein 44g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 3 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 10 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 4;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.