Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chicken and Spinach Pasta (Even the kids love it!)

If you are looking for a yummy way to get your kids (or yourself) to eat spinach, this is it! We love this recipe. The very first time I made it, my sweet Hubby said, "I would totally order this in a restaurant!" That is a big compliment to me. I was a bit weary of it at first because it seems like a ton of spinach, and you can totally see it in there, but the kids didn't complain once! YAY!

Chicken and Spinach Pasta
6 T. olive oil
6 cloves of garlic; minced
1/2 t. crushed red pepper
3 boneless, skinless, chicken breast; cubed
salt and pepper
1 lb. penne pasta (I use whole wheat)
5 oz fresh spinach
1 T. basil
6 T. lemon juice
Parmesan cheese

*Heat oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a small bowl in the microwave for about 1 minuet.

* Pour 1-2 T. of the flavored oil into a skillet. Cook chicken on med. heat until done. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add spinach, cook until wilted, about a minuet. Don't worry, it looks like a lot, but it really cooks down!
 See....... :)

Meanwhile, cook your pasta and drain well, and return to pot.
*Add chicken to pasta along with basil, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese.
*Stir in the rest of the flavored oil. Toss until well combined.
See all the steamy yummy-ness!

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