Cheesy Chicken Pasta

2018-09-28
  • Yield : 6
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 12m
  • Ready In : 32m
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch cauliflower florets
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey (12 ounces; see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or scallion greens

Method

Step 1

This ooey-gooey pasta dish is a crowd-pleaser for adults and kids alike-think rich and creamy macaroni-and-cheese tossed with cauliflower and chicken. Serve with a spinach salad.;

Step 2

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Add cauliflower florets and cook until the pasta and florets are tender, about 4 minutes more. Drain, rinse and return to the pot.

Step 3

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and cook until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Whisk milk, flour, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl and add to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese until smooth. Stir chicken (or turkey) and mustard into the cheese sauce; cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Step 4

3. Stir the sauce into the drained pasta and cauliflower. Serve sprinkled with chives (or scallion greens).

Step 5

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 433 calories; 13 g fat (5 g sat, 5 g mono); 75 mg cholesterol; 42 g carbohydrate; 34 g protein; 5 g fiber; 491 mg sodium; 483 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (38% daily value), Calcium (35% dv), Potassium (20% dv). 2 1/2 Carbohydrate Servings Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 low-fat milk, 3 lean meat

Step 6

TIP: To poach chicken breasts, place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 7

From www.eatingwell.com with permission. 2009 Eating Well Inc. Photo by Ken Burris

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