Penne & Creamy Asparagus

This 30-minute recipe is the ticket to elegant weekday dining. The rich cream sauce perfectly coats the chicken chunks, asparagus, and pasta.

Penne & Creamy Asparagus
Servings: 6 Prep 5 mins Cook 19 mins


  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound penne
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, optional

Make It

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling. Add asparagus and cook for 2 minutes. Scoop out and set aside.

2. Return water to boiling and add pasta. Cook as package directs; drain and keep warm.

3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes, until no longer pink. Add asparagus, heavy cream, Parmesan, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Simmer until reduced slightly, about 7 to 8 minutes. Toss with pasta. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 575, Fat, total (g): 24, chol. (mg): 114, sat. fat (g): 12, carb. (g): 53, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 35, sodium (mg): 399, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.