Pasta Pomodoro

12Oct10

I can’t say enough about this recipe, except that I inhaled it in less than 3 minutes. The serving size is ENORMOUS, the flavor is dynamite, it’s low-cal and low-fat, and you can make it in less than 30 minutes.

One bite of this recipe and the husband and I decided this one was our new regular.

RECIPE NOTE: You can use shrimp in place of chicken, or forgo the meat altogether; either way, you’ll find it filling and delicious. You can also add a little olive oil to this recipe to help prevent the noodles from sticking or to saute the chicken, garlic, and onion, but it’s unnecessary.

Pasta Pomodoro
SERVES 2

8 oz (224g) angel hair pasta – uncooked
1/2 medium yellow onion (120g) – chopped
1 (7.5 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breast – cut into 1-inch pieces
5 cloves garlic – or to taste
4-5 oz (1/2 can) chicken broth – try to find a low-sodium option
1/2 can petite diced tomatoes – or two fresh Roma tomatoes, diced
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
ground black pepper – to taste
red pepper flakes – to taste [I recommend about 1/2 tsp]
basil – 2 TBS fresh or 2 tsp dry
1/2 oz (14.5g) Parmesan cheese – grated

Boil lightly salted water and add pasta. Cook until al dente (about 4-6 minutes). Drain.

Meanwhile, heat pan over medium-high heat. Spray pan with calorie-free cooking spray. Saute onion, garlic, and chicken until lightly browned. Lower heat to medium.

Add tomato, chicken breast, and balsamic vinegar, stirring until well combined. Let simmer 2 minutes. Add pepper, red pepper, and basil. Let simmer until the liquid reduces by half (about 3-5 minutes).

Add cooked noodles to the pan and combine thoroughly with sauce [I recommend taking two forked serving spoons and attacking from each side of the pan, separating and lifting the noodles into and around the sauce]. Serve. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan.

Calorie Breakdown
PER SERVING

4 oz (112g) angel hair pasta – [420 calories]
3.75 oz chicken breast – [100 calories]
1/4 onion (60g) – [25 calories]
1/4 can (1/2c) petite diced tomato – [23 calories]
2 oz. chicken broth – [3 calories]
1/2 TBS – [3 calories]
1/4 oz (7.5g) Parmesan cheese [28 calories]
TOTAL: 602 calories

ENJOY!

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