Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

This was so easy and yummy (not heavy but healthy and delicious). I wanted to do something with chicken and broccoli and this is what I came up with. This would be so easy to customize to your taste, substituting seasonings and vegetables, even cheese as desired. I hope you enjoy it.

Serves 4 (or 2 if you eat large pasta servings)

2 cups cooked pasta (make sure to reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water)
Cooking spray
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 1/2 - 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning, Black pepper to taste
2 cups fresh broccoli
1/2 cup white cooking wine
2 seasoned cooked chicken breasts, chopped
1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds (*see below for toasting instructions if needed)
2 heaping tablespoons shredded Parmesan

Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray (will have to spray several times throughout as needed). Saute garlic, onions, mushrooms and seasonings together for about 5 minutes on med heat until tender.

Add broccoli and cooking wine and season again. Saute just a few minutes more until broccoli is crisp tender.

Then stir in the pasta, chicken and reserved pasta water and continue to saute just until the chicken is heated and the pasta water is absorbed.

Remove from heat, stir in toasted almonds. Top with the Parmesan cheese just before serving.

*To toast almonds simply saute them in a non stick pan over med heat until lightly browned. Watch closely because they will burn easily. And remove them before the get too dark. Once you start to smell them they are pretty much done.

Calories Per serving: About 400 (for 4 servings)

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