Creamy Pasta Primavera


The red pepper and the asparagus in this pasta primavera recipe go together great for a crispy, tasty "Pasta of the Spring" (that's what primavera means).

Pasta Primavera is also very flexible; you can add any type of vegetable you like. To stay classic, crisp, fresh vegetables will give you the best results for this delicious recipe.


3 cups penne pasta, uncooked
2 Tablespoons Italian Dressing
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 zucchini, cut into chunks
1-1/2 cups cut-up fresh asparagus (1-inch lengths)
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Cook pasta as directed on package.

2. Meanwhile, heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat.

3. Add chicken and vegetables; cook 10 to 12 min. or until chicken is cooked through, stirring frequently.

4. Add broth and cream cheese; cook 1 min. or until cheese is melted, stirring constantly.

5. Add Parmesan cheese; mix well.

6. Drain pasta; return to pot. Add chicken and vegetable mixture; toss lightly.

7. Cook 1 min. or until heated through. (Sauce will thicken upon standing.)


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