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Penne With Chicken, Zucchini, and Spinach

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size ½ of recipe
Calories 505
Total Fat 13 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Sodium 286 mg
Total Carbohydrate 68.5 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 28.5 g

Servings and Times

Servings 2

Ingredients and Preparation

Ingredients Measures
Penne pasta, preferably whole wheat 6 ounces
Olive oil 2 teaspoons
Clove garlic, minced 1
Zucchini, sliced into half-moons 1
Cooked Rotisserie chicken, sliced into bite-size chunks ½*
Spinach, packed 1 cup
Fresh basil, chopped 2 tablespoons
Parmesan cheese, grated ¼ cup

* Tip: Save the other half for lunch (eg, in a salad or on a sandwich), or make a double batch of the pasta and save leftovers for lunch

Directions

  1. Cook penne al dente according to package directions, omitting salt and oil. Drain and set aside, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add zucchini and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and then add the chicken, pasta, spinach, and basil to the skillet. Stir to combine. If pasta seems too dry, add some of the reserved pasta water. Top with pepper and Parmesan cheese.
  • Exchanges

    4 starches; 3 lean meats; 2 vegetables; 1 fat

  • Side Suggestions: Sliced Tomatoes With Basil

    Slice one fresh tomato and drizzle with 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar. Top with 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh basil.