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Old 11-02-2010, 08:10 PM   #66
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Originally Posted by Carrie View Post
Asparagus, Chicken and Penne Pasta

I got this light, healthy recipe off the Safeway website, and the only modifications I made were to use multi-grain penne and to add a nice squeeze of lemon at the end (though I think it would be just fine without; I'm just a lemon freak). I definitely recommend using fresh parmesan as opposed to the kind in a shake canister, as the former has a lot more flavor and I think this dish would be bland without that yummy fresh parmy bite. It was very good the next day, too. Pic posted here.

Ingredients:
  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken until firm and lightly browned; remove from pan. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Cook and stir garlic, asparagus, and red pepper flakes in oil until asparagus is tender. Stir in chicken, and cook for 2 minutes to blend the flavors. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss pasta with chicken and asparagus mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
I do something very similar to this but add in red pepper and while the chicken is cooking I heat in the microwave a little bit of olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper in it to toss with everything at the end. Just infuses the oil a bit. And, I dump in some baby spinach in the pan before putting the pasta back in. The heat of everything warms the spinach just right. I too use lemon....yum.

This is a great dish to make for work lunches because it tastes better as leftovers!
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