Cheesy Chicken Pasta

This ooey-gooey pasta dish is a crowd-pleaser for adults and kids alike--think rich and creamy macaroni-and-cheese tossed with cauliflower and chicken. Serve with a spinach salad.

Recipe from EatingWell
Ingredients
  • 8   ounces whole-wheat penne
  • 2   cups 1/2-inch cauliflower florets
  • 1   tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2  cup dry white wine
  • 3   cups low-fat milk
  • 3   tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1   cup shredded Gruyere, or Swiss cheese
  • 3   cups shredded cooked chicken , or turkey (12 ounces; see Tip)
  • 1   teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2   tablespoons chopped fresh chives, or scallion greens
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Directions
1. 
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Add cauliflower florets and cook until the pasta and florets are tender, about 4 minutes more. Drain, rinse and return to the pot.
2. 
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and cook until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Whisk milk, flour, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl and add to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese until smooth. Stir chicken (or turkey) and mustard into the cheese sauce; cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
3. 
Stir the sauce into the drained pasta and cauliflower. Serve sprinkled with chives (or scallion greens).
Tip:
1. 
Tip: To poach chicken breasts, place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 433, Fat, total (g) 13, chol. (mg) 75, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 42, Monosaturated fat (g) 5, fiber (g) 5, pro. (g) 34, vit. C (mg) 22.44, sodium (mg) 491, Potassium (mg) 483, calcium (mg) 353.39, Milk () 0.5, Vegetables () 1, Starch () 2, Lean Meat () 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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