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Fresh Asparagus, Tomato & Chicken Penne

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4 servings, about 1-1/3 cups (325 mL) each

If you’re not sure about preparing a recipe with whole wheat pasta, try our Fresh Asparagus, Tomato & Chicken Penne recipe. The juicy chicken, tender-crisp asparagus and cream cheese sauce team up to make this pasta dish just as appealing and delicious as any made with white pasta – but with the bonus of added fibre!

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  • Cook penne as directed on package, omitting salt.
  • Meanwhile, cook and stir chicken, asparagus and onions in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 7 to 8 min. or until chicken is done and asparagus is crisp-tender.
  • Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Whisk cream cheese with Italian seasoning and 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water until blended. Add to chicken mixture along with the pasta; cook and stir 3 min. Remove from heat.
  • Add tomatoes; mix lightly. If desired, gradually add enough of the remaining reserved pasta cooking water until sauce is of desired consistency.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan.


Substitute 3/4 lb. (340 g) uncooked deveined peeled medium shrimp for the chicken, cooking the asparagus and onions 5 min. before adding the shrimp, then cooking an additional 2 to 3 min. or until shrimp turn pink. Add cream cheese mixture and drained cooked pasta, then continue as directed.


  • 4 servings, about 1-1/3 cups (325 mL) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 4 servings, about 1-1/3 cups (325 mL) each
Calories 580
% Daily Value
Total fat 25g
Saturated fat 14g
Cholesterol 155mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate 55g
Dietary fibre 8g
Sugars 8g
Protein 41g
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 35 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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