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Penne with Chicken, Green Beans, and Cashew Butter

Source: Quick from Scratch - Pasta
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
Compound butter – a softened butter mixed with nuts, herbs, or any flavoring ingredient – is a simple base for creating a delicious sauce.
1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/3 pounds in all)
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
3/4 pound penne
1/2 pound green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths
Penne with Chicken, Green Beans, and Cashew Butter Recipe at
Combine the cashews and the butter in a food processor. Pulse to a smooth paste. Or, finely chop the cashews and combine them with the butter.

In a medium nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Season the chicken breasts with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and add them to the pan. Cook until browned and just done, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes. Cut into small pieces.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the penne until just done, about 13 minutes. Add the beans during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and beans and toss with the cashew butter, chicken, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoons of salt and pepper.

Other Nut Butters

Cashews taste delicious in this dish, but you could really use any kind of nut, salted or unsalted, you have on hand. Others you may have on hand that would work:
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 781
Fat. Total: 32g
Fiber: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 73g
Sodium: 549mg
% Cal. from Fat: 37%
Cholesterol: 134mg
Protein: 50g
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Rating: 5
by: Deb, KS Reviewed: 10/12/2009
Quick And Yummy
Quick and yummy dish, I used whole wheat penne and 8T of butter, didn't want the dish to be too dry. All in all it turned out pretty delicious and something different from the ordinary pasta and tomato sauce.
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