Recipe: Chicken and asparagus tossed with penne

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Recipe: Chicken and asparagus tossed with penne

Dietitian's tip: Goat cheese, such as Montrachet, has a soft, creamy texture and a slightly tangy flavor. If you prefer, you can use other cheeses in this recipe, such as feta or Romano.

Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1 cup chopped asparagus
6 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with herbs, including juice
1 ounce soft goat cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

Directions

Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly. Set aside.

In a pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Add the asparagus. Cover and steam until tender-crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Spray a large nonstick frying pan with cooking spray. Add the chicken and garlic and saute over medium-high heat. Cook until the chicken is golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, including their juice, and simmer 1 minute more.

In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta, steamed asparagus, chicken mixture and goat cheese. Toss gently to mix evenly.

To serve, divide the pasta mixture between 2 plates. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving size:
Calories:455Cholesterol:81 mg
Protein:41 gSodium:240 mg
Carbohydrate:55 gFiber:6.5 g
Total fat:8 gPotassium:462 mg
Saturated fat:3.5 gCalcium:125 mg
Monounsaturated fat:2 g
Last Updated: 2007-07-12
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