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Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

Food Network Canada
YIELDS
6 servings

An easy-to-make meal that’s great for family and friends. With a tossed salad and crusty bread dinner’s ready.

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Ingredients

1
lb(s) fresh asparagus
3
Tbsp margarine
1
lb(s) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in strips
3
Tbsp all purpose flour
2
Tbsp chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper, to taste
3
cup Natrel Lactose Free Milk
1
cup lactose free swiss cheese, shredded
½
cup green onion, chopped
12
oz penne pasta or fusilli, cooked
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Directions

Step 1

SNAP tough ends off asparagus; cut stalks diagonally in 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces. Blanch in boiling salted water 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Drain and set aside.

Step 2

BROWN chicken in half of margarine in large saucepan. Remove from pan. Add remaining margarine; let melt. Stir in flour and seasonings. Gradually add Natrel Lactose Free Milk, whisking until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and is thickened. Add cheese and green onion, stirring until smooth. Combine pasta, chicken and asparagus. Mix well; heat through.

Step 3

Tip:
Replace asparagus with green beans.
Use 2 tsp (10 mL) dried basil leaves if you don’t have fresh.

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