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Parmesan Chicken and Veggie Pasta

Parmesan Chicken and Veggie Pasta

Rating: 4 of 5
Difficulty: 3 of 5
Healthy Scale: 5 of 5

1 medium Onion, sliced then quartered
2 cloves Garlic
1 8 ounce package Fresh Mushrooms, quartered
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Salt, to taste
1 large Tomato, cut into large pieces
1 1/2 to 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese
8 oz Ditalini Pasta (or pasta of your choice)
1 c Asparagus, cut in 2 inch pieces

1. Cook ditalini in salted boiling water for 10 minutes.
2. Spray a large saute pan with cooking spray.
3. Saute onion, garlic, mushrooms, red pepper flakes, freshly ground black pepper, and salt in pan over medium high heat until onions are almost cooked through.
4. Add chicken to pan and cook until chicken is cooked and no longer pink.
5. Add tomato and cook until tomato is heated through.
6. Add parmesan and stir.
7. Serve chicken and veggies over ditalini.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 4


Parmesan Mushroom Orzo

Parmesan Mushroom Orzo

Rating: 4 of 5
Difficulty: 3 of 5
Healthy Scale: 2 of 5

1 oz Dried Porcini Mushrooms
4 C Chicken Broth
1/2 C White Wine
2 cloves garlic minced
1 c Orzo
1/2 C Parmesan Cheese
Cooking Spray (or 1/4 Stick of Butter)
1/2 C Chopped Onion
1/4 C Fresh Parsley Chopped

1. Bring 4 cups of Chicken Broth to a boil. Remove from heat and add Mushrooms. Let sit for 30 minutes.
2. Melt Butter (or spray pan with Cooking Spray) and sauté Onion until slightly cooked over medium heat.
3. Add Orzo, chopped Mushrooms, and Garlic and sauté for 3 minutes stirring often. Do not let orzo burn.
4. Add 1 cup of Mushroom Broth and White Wine to pan. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste.
5. Cook 7 to 10 minutes until orzo is al dente.
6. Stir in Parmesan Cheese and Parsley and serve immediately.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour
Servings: 16

Recipes Critic Review: Great side dish when you are looking for something out of the norm. The porcini mushrooms and broth add a wonderful flavor! I adapted this recipe from a Gorgonzola Porcini Mushroom Risotto recipe. I wanted something with the porcini mushroom flavor but without the richness of the gorgonzola and the heartiness of the risotto. Definitely one to add to your recipe box!