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Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Tomatoes

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Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Tomatoes
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 6

Pesto is easy to make from scratch with just a handful of ingredients. Its fresh flavor is the highlight of this super-fast pasta dish, packed with cherry tomatoes and chicken. MORE+ LESS-

January 9, 2018

Ingredients

Pesto

1
cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
1/3
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup olive oil
1
clove garlic
2
tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Pasta

12
oz uncooked penne pasta (3 1/2 cups) (from 16-oz package)
3
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
2
cups shredded cooked chicken
2
cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/4
cup julienned fresh basil leaves
3
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Steps

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  • 1
    In blender or food processor, place Pesto ingredients.
  • 2
    Cover and process on medium speed about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides with rubber spatula, until smooth. Set aside.
  • 3
    In 4-quart saucepan, heat penne and broth just to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until al dente and liquid is almost absorbed. Remove from heat. Add pesto; stir in chicken and tomatoes; cook over medium 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  • 4
    Garnish with basil and 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  • For a quick and easy way to julienne basil leaves, stack the leaves, roll them up lengthwise like a cigar, and cut into thin strips, starting from one end of the “cigar” to the other.

Expert Tips

  • For a lovely meal, serve with a crispy green salad and crusty loaf of bread.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
480
Calories from Fat
170
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
28%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
22%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
45mg
16%
Sodium
740mg
31%
Potassium
360mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Sugars
3g
Protein
27g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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