Creamy Zucchini Pesto Pasta with Chicken

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374 CALORIES 34g CARBS 15g FAT 34g PROTEIN
6
Freestyle™ SmartPoints™ New!
(8 Old SmartPoints™)
(10 PointsPlus®)
Last night there was just a slight chill in the air enough so that it was the perfect excuse to make a warm, creamy pasta dish for dinner. And maybe just cold enough to sit and eat said pasta dish in front of the TV watching shows I am too embarrassed to admit I like. You all know the kind, that you secretly watch and pray no one walks in the door. Both because you don’t want to be caught, but also because you don’t want to miss a moment. Do you have those shows? My list is way too long. But back to the pasta. This simple dish combines yummy spinach noodles (you can use any high fiber noodle) with chicken, homemade pesto, and zucchini. A touch of cream cheese and water from cooking the pasta add just the right amount of creaminess and it is still under 300 calories for a hearty 1 1/2 cup serving.

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The Recipe

Creamy Zucchini Pesto Pasta with Chicken

PREP TIME: 10 Min
COOK TIME: 25 Min
TOTAL TIME: 35 Min
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Ingredients

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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

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Instructions

  1. Using a food processor, pulse together the first nine ingredients for the pesto.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the cooked pasta, pesto, cream cheese, and water to the pan. Stir together everything and serve.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374
Calories from Fat 130
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
22%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 70mg
23%
Sodium 235mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 7g
27%
Sugars 10g
Protein 34g

* 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.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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