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21 Mar 2016

Florida Vegetable and Chicken Pasta



  • 12 ounces whole-wheat penne pasta (or your favorite)
  • 2 large Florida tomatoes, diced small
  • 2 Florida zucchinis, diced small
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • olive oil for cooking
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Bring a medium-sized stockpot of salted water to a boil, and cook pasta to desired tenderness.
  2. Drain pasta and run room-temperature water over it to cool it off.
  3. Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to preheated sauté pan.
  5. Add diced zucchini and garlic to the preheated pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the diced tomato, lemon juice, cooked chicken and vegetable broth.
  7. Bring ingredients to a boil; add spinach and cooked pasta.
  8. Stir ingredients and continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Stir in the butter.
  10. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  11. Stir in the chopped parsley.
  12. Serve hot, garnished with lots of Parmesan cheese.

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