I just love pasta. Who doesn’t? And, there are so many options these days with whole-wheat pasta and low-carb pasta, which I think is wonderful. So, with some leftover roasted chicken taking up space in our fridge and a box of fettucine in the pantry, this was the perfect recipe – not to mention I was able to put it together in a snap!
Chicken Pasta Primavera (from Betty Crocker’s New Choices for Two)
4 ounces uncooked fettucine
1 cup broccoli flowerets
1/2 cup carrot strips
1 teaspoon olive or canola oil
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1/2 lb), cut into 1/2-inch strips
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/3 cup fat-free ranch dressing
2 tablespoons grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese blend
1 teaspoon fresh basil or 1/8 tsp dried basil
Cook and drain pasta as directed – except add broccoli and carrots 1 minute before pasta is done. While pasta is cooking, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute chicken and garlic until chicken is done and remove from heat. Stir in ranch dressing, cheese and basil. Toss with pasta and vegetables.
Alright, so technically I skipped the whole “saute the chicken and garlic” step since I already had roast chicken waiting to be used. Basically I just heated up the chicken with the sauce, and that worked well. Sometimes my kids like sauce and sometimes they don’t, so I left the pasta and sauce separate just in case.
I like how this recipe allows you to make your own sauce – even a healthier version of it – using just two handy ingredients. Or, if you happen to have a jar of alfredo sauce in your pantry (like I did), that’s even better! I don’t know why, but I am always daunted by the thought of making homemade alfredo sauce. Every time I try I feel like I just can’t get the sauce thick enough.
This recipe is really tailored for two people, so you may need to make some adjustments depending on the size of your family. I am going solely on my children’s opinion of this dish – I gave up meat for Lent – and they both scarfed down their bowls of pasta, so it was definitely a hit at our house. I’m sure it will be at yours, too!