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Healthy Meals Monday: Penne with Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Asparagus

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Sometimes it is hard to find an asparagus recipe that isn’t smothered in white sauce. I was so excited when I found this recipe because it has asparagus and is better for you than most pastas.

Penne with Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 cup of cooked, cut chicken.
1 box whole wheat Penne Pasta
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the oven to 400°. Cut the tough ends off the asparagus and discard them. Cut the spears into 1-inch pieces. Put the asparagus on a baking sheet and toss with the oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Roast until tender, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer until 3 tablespoons remain. Stir in the brown sugar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from the heat.
Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling, salted water until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with the butter, vinegar, asparagus, Parmesan, chicken and the salt. Serve with additional Parmesan.

Adapted from Food and Wine

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  1. says

    I just made this recipe. It was delicious! I actually didn’t have any parmesan on hand, but I used feta instead and it was great! I think next time I might make more of the balsamic sauce though. Definitely a keeper!

    • says

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  2. Jazmine says

    Hi. About how many pounds is one cup of chicken.

    **Side note: I like the magic button > nutritional information. It’s very helpful

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