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Penne with Grilled Chicken and Vodka Sauce


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  • Penne with Grilled Chicken and Vodka Sauce
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  • Servings:6
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cook Time: 30-60 minThis restaurant favorite is usually made with bucket-loads of heavy cream and butter. We opted to use a little olive oil and half-and-half (lighter than cream), which still gives you a wonderful, creamy texture.
  • Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (1 cup)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 (26-ounce) low-sodium can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups cooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 3 (4-ounce) grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Serving size: 2/3 cup pasta, 1/2 cup sauce, and 2 ounces chicken Calories 360; Fat 6.3g
  • (sat 1.8g, mono 2.8g, poly 1g); Cholesterol 52mg;Protein 25g; Carbohydrate 39g;
  • Sugars 7g; Fiber 4g; RS 1g; Sodium 206mg


Servings 6


Step 1

Cooking Directions
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.

Add tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, vodka, and crushed red pepper, then bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces slightly, about 10 minutes.

Add half-and-half, and cook until sauce reduces, 5 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.

Place 2/3 pasta in a bowl and top with ½ cup vodka sauce.

Arrange 2 ounces grilled chicken on top of pasta and garnish with chopped basil.

Serving size: 2/3 cup pasta, ½ cup sauce, and 2 ounces chicken

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