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Pasta with Fresh Vegetables and Cilantro Pesto

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Pasta with Fresh Vegetables and Cilantro Pesto
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Ingredients 13
  • Servings 6
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Toss chicken and vegetables with pasta to enjoy a hearty dinner. Cilantro pesto made using yogurt provides a tasty addition to this recipe.

Ingredients

Cilantro Pesto

  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese (2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons Greek plain yogurt, from 6 oz container

Pasta

  • 1 package (12 oz) orecchiette (tiny disks) pasta, 3 cups
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 pints (3 cups) grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 medium zucchini, peeled into ribbons

Directions

  • 1
    In food processor, place all pesto ingredients except yogurt. Cover; process on medium speed about 1 minute, scraping sides, until finely chopped. Stir in yogurt. Set aside.
  • 2
    Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Return to saucepan; cover to keep warm.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, salt and pesto; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until mixture is hot.
  • 4
    Stir zucchini and chicken mixture into pasta until evenly coated. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

500 Calories, 20g Total Fat, 23g Protein, 57g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
500
Calories from Fat
180
Total Fat
20g
31%
Saturated Fat
4g
21%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
30mg
9%
Sodium
380mg
16%
Potassium
600mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
57g
19%
Dietary Fiber
5g
21%
Sugars
6g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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  • Toss chicken and vegetables with pasta to enjoy a hearty dinner. Cilantro pesto made using yogurt provides a tasty addition to this recipe.
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