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Pesto Cavatappi

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Pesto Cavatappi
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 8
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For a meal that’s easy to prep and will impress everyone at the table, look no further than this Pesto Cavatappi. Oodles of noodles combine with a creamy pesto chicken mixture for a tasty twist on traditional pasta and sauce. Have a family dinner ready to go in 30 minutes with this simply delicious chicken pesto cavatappi.
Updated Nov 4, 2020

Ingredients

  • 8 oz uncooked cavatappi pasta (from 16-oz box)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 large plum (Roma) tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (from 8-oz package)
  • 1 container (7 oz) refrigerated pesto sauce
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Steps

  • 1
    Cook and drain pasta as directed on box.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, salt and pepper; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned and no longer pink in center. Stir in tomatoes and mushrooms. Reduce heat to medium; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
  • 3
    Stir in pesto sauce and whipping cream; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until thoroughly heated. Stir in pasta, tossing to coat.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.
  • tip 2
    For a complete meal, serve with a fresh green salad with vinaigrette dressing.
  • tip 3
    Swap the cavatappi noodles for your own favorite variety; be sure to use noodles that will hold the sauce well, such as rotini, gemelli or radiatore.

Nutrition Information

440 Calories, 26g Total Fat, 23g Protein, 27g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
240
Total Fat
26g
40%
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
80mg
26%
Sodium
510mg
21%
Potassium
290mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
2g
9%
Sugars
2g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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