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Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Toss

Photo: Karry Hosford
Yield 7 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
"My daughter and I created this recipe together through trial and error. It's good with or without the chicken. If you enjoy spicy food, you'll love it." CLReader.


  • 1 pound uncooked rotini (corkscrew pasta)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (6-ounce) package precooked chicken strips (such as Louis Rich)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) preshredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Nutrition Information

  • calories 369
  • caloriesfromfat 17 %
  • fat 7.1 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 19.7 g
  • carbohydrate 57.5 g
  • fiber 6.1 g
  • cholesterol 24.2 mg
  • iron 3.4 mg
  • sodium 530 mg
  • calcium 170 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Combine pasta and oil in a large bowl, and toss well.

  2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add asparagus, onion, hot sauce, and red pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Stir in pasta, salt, black pepper, chicken, and tomatoes; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in cheese; sprinkle with paprika.

Cook's Notes

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