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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Pasta with Chicken

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Pasta with Chicken is super easy to make and will become a family favorite! This recipe comes together with sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, pasta, garlic, all smothered in a creamy parmesan cheese sauce to create the most delicious flavor! Your family and friends will have no idea this is WW friendly!

Makes 8 (1 1/4 cup) servings 

Are you a pasta fan? Be sure to check out these other amazing pasta dishes:

Easy One Pot Skillet Lasagna

Chicken Stroganoff 

Lightened Up Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Pepper Jack Mac N’ Cheese with Chicken

Lightened Up Taco Mac

How do I make this Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Penne Pasta with Chicken?

Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain well.

Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet on medium-high heat.

Add garlic

 cook and stir in chicken; cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk the fat free half-and-half, milk, and cornstarch until smooth. 

Add cornstarch mixture to skillet along with the sun-dried tomatoes, all seasonings and mozzarella and parmesan cheese. 

Bring to boil, stirring constantly.

Reduce heat to low; and simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta; toss gently to coat. Remove from heat.

Garnish with more parmesan and basil, if desired for additional points.

Serve immediately. Enjoy! 

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. Barilla Protein Penne Pasta or whole grain penne pasta if youre following the WW purple plan
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, raw and cut into bite size pieces 
  • 1 Tbsp Land o’ Lakes light butter made with canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 4 oz. sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil), chopped 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 cup fat free half-and-half 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup light mozzarella 

Directions: 

  1. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain well.
  2. Season the raw chicken pieces with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir in chicken; cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the fat free half-and-half, milk, and cornstarch until smooth. 
  5. Add cornstarch mixture to skillet along with the sun-dried tomatoes, all seasonings and mozzarella and parmesan cheese. 
  6. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in cooked pasta; toss gently to coat. Remove from heat. Serve immediately. 
  8. Enjoy! 

Makes 8 (1 and 1/4 cup) servings 

3-7 PersonalPoints™ per serving*  

 *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan. 

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

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*The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

Notes: 

  • This pasta can get a little dry after it has been sitting for a while. Just stir in more unsweetened almond or skim milk and reheat. You can use some of the pasta water to thin out the cream sauce.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container on the fridge for up to a week. 
Yield: 8

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Pasta with Chicken

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Pasta with Chicken

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne Pasta with Chicken is super easy to make and will become a family favorite! This recipe comes together with Sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, pasta, garlic, all smothered in a creamy parmesan cheese sauce to create the most delicious flavor! Your family and friends will have no idea this is WW friendly!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. Barilla Protein Penne Pasta or Barilla whole grain penne pasta
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, raw and cut into bite size pieces 
  • 1 Tbsp Land o' Lakes light butter made with canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 4 oz. sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil), chopped 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 cup fat free half-and-half 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup light mozzarella- I use Market Pantry from Target

Instructions

    1. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain well.
    2. Season the raw chicken pieces with paprika, salt, and pepper.
    3. Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir in chicken; cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned.
    4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the fat free half-and-half, milk, and cornstarch until smooth. 
    5. Add cornstarch mixture to skillet along with the sun-dried tomatoes, all seasonings and mozzarella and parmesan cheese. 
    6. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; and simmer for another 5 minutes.
    7. Stir in cooked pasta; toss gently to coat. Remove from heat. Serve immediately. 
    8. Enjoy! 

      Makes 8 ( 1 and 1/4 cup) servings 

    3-7 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

    *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

    • This pasta can get a little dry after it has been sitting for a while. Just stir in more unsweetened almond or skim milk and reheat. You can use some of the pasta water to thin out the cream sauce.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container on the fridge for up to a week. 
    • Smartpoints: GREEN: 7 SmartPoints per serving BLUE: 6 SmartPoints per serving PURPLE: 3 SmartPoints per serving if using whole wheat penne pasta 

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 273Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 69mgSodium 359mgCarbohydrates 33gNet Carbohydrates 29gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 23g

Do not use the WW nutritional calculator to calculate points. The nutritional calculator does take zero point food ingredients into consideration and will not be accurate. Personal Point values and nutritional information is estimated and calculated using the brand of ingredients listed in the recipe. PersonalPoints values may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and depending on your customized zero point foods list.

Joan V

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Can I just use strictly almond milk if I don’t have half and half? Also I might try this with leftover steak.

Lindsay Kehl

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Hi Joan

Yes, you bet. The sauce will be a bit thinner with just almond milk but the flavor will still be on point!

Thanks

Faye Smith

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Does it freeze well?

Lindsay Kehl

Friday 24th of July 2020

Hi Faye

Yes, you can freeze this dish for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Bake or warm up once it has been defrosted.

Thank you!

Lisa McWhorter

Friday 12th of June 2020

I made this today. So easy and SO good!

Brittany

Friday 13th of March 2020

This was absolutely amazing!!! My husband loved it as well. I added a few more veggies but omg the sauce was delicious! Loving your recipes.

Karen

Saturday 18th of January 2020

This is amazing! Made it with carb Nada and double the red pepper- was delish! Thank you for all the awesome recipes!

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