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Pasta with Vegetables and Chicken: A Complete Meal in One Bowl

pasta with vegetables and chicken 2The pasta recipe I have posted below is one of the meals I make again and again.  I think of it as one of my workhorse meals.  Not only is it a crowd-pleaser, but it is relatively easy to prepare, full of vitamins and protein, and filling without being heavy.  One of my favorite aspects (besides that is tastes delicious) is that it does not have a lot of components and it does not require a lot of dishes!  And with fall broccoli becoming ready to harvest, it is a great way to use broccoli.  Both broccoli and carrots are full of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A and C, beta carotene, calcium, iron, and potassium.  The chicken provides protein and the pasta gives it substance and that comfort-food feeling.  There is something about a warm pasta meal that soothes and cheers  many a weary soul.  I have used whole wheat pasta and traditional pasta, and the dish tastes great with either, though it works best with the shorter pasta like penne or rigatoni–spaghetti makes it more difficult to mix with the vegetables.  I try to use chicken that is either organic or at least raised humanely and fed high-quality feed.  It costs more to buy meat like this, but since we do not eat meat every day, it works out.  The Ranch dressing gives the dish a yummy flavor and keeps it moist without making it heavy.  With the nights getting consistently cooler and darker earlier, it is comforting to have a warm, steaming meal at the end of the day.  You can serve this meal with bread and/or a tossed salad if you want, but it can stand alone if you want to really keep things simple.

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2 Comments

  1. This looks so good! I’m a sucker for shell pasta.

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