This was such a great weeknight meal for us. I really, really loved how the flavors of the veggies popped along with the pasta and the chicken. I do have to say though, our picky eater tried all three veggies but proceeded to push them off to the side of his plate. He ate the chicken and pasta, but that was it! Ugh. I can't win them all, right?
He usually doesn't give us too much trouble at least trying one bite. I try to be positive, but sometimes it's so frustrating! Even if he does like it after trying it, I feel like he just says he doesn't like it so he doesn't have to eat anymore. Do you have a picky eater at home? What would you do if your little one was doing this with you? I clearly need help, people!
Veggie Loaded Pasta Primavera
16 oz box penne pasta, cooked
4 tablespoons Italian dressing, divided
1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks
2 zucchini, cut into chunks
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 cups asparagus, cut up into 1-inch pieces
1 cup chicken broth
4 oz cream cheese, cubed
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or to taste)
Heat 2 tablespoons Italian dressing over medium heat in a large skillet. Add chicken and cook until done and juices run clear, remove from skillet and set aside. Return skillet to stove and heat remaining 2 tablespoons Italian dressing. Add vegetables and saute for 10-12 minutes or until softened. Return chicken to skillet and stir in chicken broth, cream cheese, and salt, cook until cheese is completely melted, about 2 minutes. Pour chicken and vegetable mixture into stock pot with cooked penne pasta along with Parmesan cheese, turning to coat pasta completely. Allow dish to stand about 5 minutes to allow sauce to thicken. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Here's hoping we overcome this picky eater thing. There are so many delicious things I don't want him to miss out on!
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