This penne with chicken recipe will become your go-to dish on pasta night. Whole wheat pasta, broccoli rabe, and fresh lemon pump up the health factor.

Laura Zapalowski
Recipe by Health September 2008

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Yunhee Kim

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
14 mins
total:
24 mins
Yield:
Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook penne according to package directions. Add broccoli rabe to pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking. When penne is al dente and broccoli rabe is tender but still bright green, drain, reserving 1/3 cup pasta water; set aside.

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  • While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook 1 1/2–2 minutes or until fragrant but not browned. Add the chicken and reserved pasta water, and cook 1 minute or until heated through. Add preserved lemon rind (or lemon zest) and salt; remove from heat.

  • Toss chicken mixture with cooked pasta and broccoli rabe and grated fresh Parmesan; divide evenly among 4 bowls. Use a wide peeler to shave 12 (2-inch-long) strips of Parmesan. Place 3 shavings over each portion; serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

424 calories; fat 12g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 7g; poly fat 2g; protein 35g; carbohydrates 47g; fiber 5g; cholesterol 65mg; iron 3mg; sodium 386mg; calcium 141mg.
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