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Cheesy Chicken Pasta

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  35 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each
This ooey-gooey pasta dish is a crowd-pleaser for adults and kids alike—think rich and creamy macaroni-and-cheese tossed with cauliflower and chicken. Serve with a spinach salad.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
8 ounces  whole-wheat penne
2 cups  1/2-inch cauliflower florets
1 tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup  finely chopped onion
1/2 cup  dry white wine
3 cups  low-fat milk
3 tablespoons  all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon  salt
1/2 teaspoon   freshly ground pepper
1 cup  shredded Gruyère or swiss cheese
3 cups   shredded cooked chicken or turkey (12 ounces; see Tip)
1 teaspoon   Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons   chopped fresh chives or scallion greens

Tip: : To poach chicken breasts, place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.
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DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Add cauliflower florets and cook until the pasta and florets are tender, about 4 minutes more. Drain, rinse and return to the pot.


Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and cook until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Whisk milk, flour, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl and add to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese until smooth. Stir chicken (or turkey) and mustard into the cheese sauce; cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.


Stir the sauce into the drained pasta and cauliflower. Serve sprinkled with chives (or scallion greens).


Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 11/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each
Calories: 433
Fat. Total: 13g
Protein: 34g
Carbohydrates, Total: 42g
Fat, Saturated: 5g
Fiber: 5g
Cholesterol: 75mg
Sodium: 491mg
% Cal. from Fat: 27%
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