Autumn is officially here; but don't tell that to the weather, because summer is desperately trying to hang on for just a little bit longer. However before we know it, it will be time for sweaters and soups. If you are trying to hang on to summer for a little longer too, then I have the perfect dish for you. This pasta dish captures all the sunny flavors of summertime. So mix up a bowl of this pasta toss, sit back and enjoy summer for just a little longer.
Chicken and Summer Vegetables Pasta Toss with Lemon
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 chicken breast
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 small bell pepper, chopped, choose a red, yellow or orange pepper
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1/2 c. vegetable broth, lower sodium, no msg
juice from 1/2 large lemon
2-3 medium plum tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz. angel hair Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta
Fill a large pot with water. When water comes to a boil, add the angel hair pasta and cook according to the box’s directions.
Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Cook in olive oil over medium to medium-high heat in a large skillet until done. While the chicken is cooking, chop the vegetables. When the chicken is done, remove it from the skillet and keep it warm in a covered dish. To the pan, add the onion, garlic and pepper; cook until partially done, about 1 minute. Add the zucchini and sauté for another 3 minutes or until the vegetables are almost done and still crisp. Add a splash of the broth while sautéing the vegetables if there is not enough oil left in the pan after cooking the chicken. To the sautéed vegetables, add the juice from the lemon, the remaining broth, the tomatoes and the cooked chicken. If you love the taste of fresh lemon juice, add the juice from the whole lemon. Otherwise, the juice from half of the lemon is just enough to bring out the freshness and brighten up the flavors of the dish, without adding much of a lemon flavor. Simmer for 3 minutes. Toss with the cooked pasta and serve.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional information per serving:
4 g. fat
0.6 g. saturated fat
17 mg. cholesterol
97 mg. sodium
74.5 g. carbohydrates
7 g. fiber
5 g. sugar
14.5 g. protein