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Pesto pastas with chicken and grilled vegetables

Forget the traditional meat sauce spaghetti and trade it for this delicious pesto pastas recipe. Although we suggest that you use whole wheat spaghettis, you can also make this recipe with your favourite pastas! You will certainly like this healthy dish!

4 servings

Preparation time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 400 g skinless chicken breast, cut in slices
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ aubergine, peeled and cubed
  • 1 sweet red pepper, seeded and cubed
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into rings
  • 10 asparagus, cut in pieces
  • 1 liter (4 cups) water
  • 170 g whole wheat spaghetti, dry
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) store bought basil pesto
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) cooking water
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. In a pan, heat the oil and add the chicken slices, onion, and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes while stirring. Add the aubergine, sweet red pepper, zucchini, and asparagus. Add salt and pepper. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes.
  2. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and cook the pastas according to the instructions on the box. Cook until desired doneness. Set aside ¼ of the cooking water.
  3. When the pastas are ready, add the vegetables, pesto, and cooking water. Cook for 1 minute while stirring in order to heat the mix properly.
  4. Garnish with basil leaves.

Do you like pesto pastas? Try this slightly different recipe of Pesto, prosciutto and mushrooms spaghetti.

Nutritional values per serving : 421 calories, 75g carbs, 10g fat, 16g protein

Author
Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.


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