As with most pasta dishes, they are a little higher in carbohydrates than some other dishes. The key is to really watch your portions of the pasta! This recipe is a great one to make and then portion into containers to freeze to eat for later. You can also try some of the higher protein pasta options.
Total cooking time: About 30 minutes
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Chicken Breasts, diced
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
Note: You can substitute chicken sausage for chicken breast and simply slice the sausages and heat through on your medium sized skillet.
1 package (about 16-17 oz) Penne Pasta
¾ cup Oil Packed Sun-Dried Tomatoes
¼ cup Fresh Basil Leaves
3 Tbsp Slivered Almonds
2 Tbsp Fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 cup Water
½ cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
- Heat the Olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Add the chicken breast pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink, about 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally. OR use the sliced chicken sausage and heat through on your skillet.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions.
- Meanwhile, add tomatoes, basil, almonds, parmesan cheese, garlic, and water to a food processor. Mix on Medium speed for about 10 seconds.
- To serve: Serve 1 cup of cooked pasta on a plate, add about ¼ cup of the tomato basil sauce, add about 3 oz chicken, sprinkle with feta.
Nutrition Information (per serving): Total Calories: 307, Total Fat: 6 g, Total Carbs: 45 g, Dietary Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 17 g