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Creamy Zucchini Pesto Pasta with Chicken
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- 1 cup basil leaves, packed
- 3 tbsp. water
- 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/8 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 U clove garlic
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper
- 4 oz. high fiber pasta (Spinach High Fiber Noodles)
- 1 U clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 U onion, minced
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
- 1 tbsp butter
- 4 U zucchinis, sliced into sticks
- 2 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
Using a food processor, pulse together the first nine ingredients for the pesto.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook according to the package directions, taking it out 2 minutes early so it doesn’t overcook when you add it to the sauce. Reserve 2 tbsp of the cooking water.
In a large saute pan over medium heat add the butter and let it melt. Spray some additional cooking spray and add the onions. Cook for 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften up.
Add the garlic and chicken. Cook for about 5 minutes and then add the zucchini. Cook until the chicken is cooked through and zucchini is cooked to your liking – about 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and add the cooked pasta, pesto, cream cheese, and water to the pan. Stir together everything and serve.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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