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Asparagus, Chicken, and Pecan Pasta

Asparagus, Chicken, and Pecan Pasta

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Julie Ledford

Penne pasta tossed with asparagus, red peppers, pecans, and Parmesan cheese in a delicious sauce that is creamy without being over-powering. This has been a tremendous hit every time I've made it.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 685 kcal
  • 34%
  • Fat:
  • 29.2 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 64g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 44.8 g
  • 90%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 94 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium:
  • 478 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, red pepper, and asparagus; cook and stir 5 minutes until the garlic softens and mellows. Pour in the chicken broth, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer until the vegetables have softened, then add the basil, salt, pepper, butter, and chicken. Cook and stir a few minutes until the chicken is hot. Stir in the cooked pasta, then fold in the Parmesan cheese and pecan halves to serve.
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Reviews

Emma
81
5/20/2008

Fantastic spring time dish! It does work best to keep the pot covered when you add the chicken stock and also when you add the remaining ingredients. This way there is some liquid left when you add the parmesan and you don't need to add any more chicken stock. I will definately make this again!

Julie Ledford
73
3/28/2008

Probably my favorite main-dish recipe of all time. I often make it with chicken sausage instead of grilled chicken strips, and it is always such a hit. Sam's Club sells a chicken-spinach sausage that is perfect for this recipe. Enjoy!

Lythgoe29
71
7/19/2008

This was very easy and very good. I woud alter next time in a couple of ways - a little red pepper flakes and I would substitute pine nuts for the pecans. The pecans were interesting but pine nuts seem better suited to the dish.