Recipe Spotlight: Pasta with Greens, Beans and Chicken

Summertime is just around the corner which means busy schedules for everyone.  It can be hard to try to plan meals around the many activities going on, so finding a quick and easy recipe the whole family will love is hard to do.  Visit the farmers' market to pick up some fresh greens as a start to your meal planning for the week.  .

Looking for a healthy recipe to try with your family?  Try our Pasta with Greens, Beans and Chicken.  This simple recipe is quick and easy to prepare and your family will love it!  You can also use leftover chicken that can help save on food costs and use up meat already prepared from another meal.

Here is step by step instructions on how to prepare the Pasta with Greens, Beans and Chicken.

Pasta with Greens, Beans and Chicken

Servings:  6

1 box whole wheat pasta
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 chicken sausages, chopped or 2 cups leftover, cooked chicken cubes
1 bunch Swiss chard or 6 cups spinach, chopped
1 (15.5 ounce) can of cannellini, great northern or navy beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

  1. Cook the pasta according to directions on box, and drain.
  2. On medium heat, add vegetable oil and onion to a large pan.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  4. Stir in chopped chicken and cook until heated through.
  5. Add beans, chard or Spinach, chicken or vegetable stock, and spices.
  6. Add in cooked pasta and stir to combine.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes until pasta is heated through.

Gather all of your ingredients. Being prepared from the start is key!

Boil pasta according to the package directions.  For whole wheat pasta,
it takes 2-3 minutes longer to cook than white pasta. 

Add chopped chicken or chicken sausages.  Cook until meat is heated through.

Mix together beans, greens, vegetable broth and spices. 
Add to pan and stir.  Then, add cooked pasta to the pan. 

Cook an additional 5 minutes or until pasta is
heated through and the greens have begun to wilt.

Spoon into a bowl and enjoy!


For added flavor, you can top your dish with grated Parmesan cheese.


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