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Chicken Alfredo Pesto Pasta

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Yield 4 servings, 1-1/2 cups each
This creamy combination of two fave pasta sauces uses shortcuts (like cream cheese spread and purchased pesto sauce)—a clever way to serve an impressive dish in no time!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound lb. angel hair pasta, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 pound lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread
  • 1 large red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pesto

Nutrition Information

  • calories 580
  • fat 21 g
  • satfat 9 g
  • cholesterol 115 mg
  • sodium 470 mg
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • sugars 11 g
  • protein 41 g
  • calcium 30 %
  • iron 15 %

How to Make It

Cook's Notes

COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 7 min. or until done.

STIR in milk and cream cheese spread; cook 3 min. or until cream cheese is completely melted and sauce is well blended. Add peppers, Parmesan and pesto; stir. Cook 3 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

DRAIN pasta. Add to cream cheese sauce; toss to coat.

 

KRAFT kitchens tips:

SUBSTITUTE

Substitute 1-1/2 cups roasted red pepper strips for the fresh red pepper strips.
SPECIAL EXTRA
For more intense flavor, stir in 1 Tbsp. lemon zest or 1/2 cup pitted dry-cured olives, along with the peppers, Parmesan and pesto.

FOOD FACTS

Pesto is an uncooked sauce made with fresh basil, garlic, pignoli (pine nuts), Parmesan or Pecorino cheese and olive oil. This classic, fresh-tasting sauce originated in Italy and is a favorite on pasta and chicken dishes. Look for prepared pesto in either the refrigerated aisle of your supermarket, with the sauces and dressings in the produce aisle or with the jarred pasta sauces in the grocery aisle.