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Balsamic Veggie and Chicken Pasta

Once in a while when you’re experiementing in the kitchen, you may have one idea for what the recipe is going to be and it turns out completely different. That’s how this recipe came about. I love the summery salad of fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It’s one of my favorite salads, but it really is better suited for warm months. So I wanted to try creating a pasta based dish that combined those flavors. Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite make it. But it’s quite delicious in it’s own right.

Ingredients
6 oz linguini noodles, uncooked
8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup sliced zucchini
1 cup chopped red peppers
2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
In a large pan, cook the chicken, garlic, onions and zucchini until the vegetables are tender and the chicken starts turning golden brown. In a measuring cup, combine the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, basil, and corn starch (make sure the corn starch is completely dissolved into the liquids). Pour into the pan with the chicken and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat down and cook for a few minutes, stirring often. When the sauce starts to thicken, add the tomatoes and cheese. Continue to cook until the sauce starts to stick to the noodles.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 325.9
Total Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 31.3 mg
Sodium: 634.5 mg
Total Carbs: 50.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
Protein: 21.5 g

Balsamic Chicken and Veggie Pasta

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Zucchini Sausage Pasta

Growing up in the country, or at least my part of North Dakota, meant you’d have an endless supply of two things: rhubarb and zucchini. I don’t think we could have gived it away if we wanted to. Luckily, rhubarb freezes pretty well and we had quite a few recipes for zucchini. This is a bit of a twist on something that we used to make to try using up some of the zucchini. In the old version we used summer sausage and a quite a bit of it. In this one I used turkey sausage, so it has the same sort of flavor, but less fat and calories. For me and the husband, I add more of the zucchini to my bowl so he doesn’t have as much.

Ingredients

6 ounces pasta, cooked
2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise then sliced into 1/4 thick half circles
7 oz turkey link sausage, halved lengthwise then sliced into 1/4 thick half circles
2 tablespoons light butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cup milk

Directions

Cook the pasta according to the directions and set aside.

In a large pan, lightly saute the sausage and zucchini together for about five minutes, just until the zucchini started to brown. Set aside.

Melt the butter in the same pan used to saute the sausage and zucchini. Add the flour, garlic and onion powders and stir until it forms a paste. Whisk in the milk a bit at a time to make sure there’s no clumps. Let it simmer for a few minutes, then add the sausage mixture and pasta. Toss to coat, let it sit on the heat until the sauce is the thickness you’d like.

Nutritional Info
◦Servings Per Recipe: 4
◦Amount Per Serving
◦Calories: 324.6
◦Total Fat: 9.6 g
◦Cholesterol: 47.1 mg
◦Sodium: 552.3 mg
◦Total Carbs: 44.3 g
◦Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
◦Protein: 16.8 g

Zucchini Sausage Pasta