Thank you to Barilla for sponsoring this post and letting us share this amazing spring pasta recipe with you.
Since my diabetes diagnosis, I have tried hard to eat better to ensure that I am healthier but have been hesitant to “force” that on my family. I just figured that they are pretty healthy already, they can handle it. That way of thinking has to go because I don’t want them following in my footsteps. The first thing I needed to do was swap out their favorite foods for healthier alternatives.
Their favorite foods are typically pasta of some kind, more specifically, spaghetti. Time to change that up, first by switching regular pasta for Barilla Whole Grain made with 100% Whole Wheat. I feel better knowing that there is 56g of whole grain in each serving and is a great source of fiber. Then I decided to switch to a leaner protein and then add their favorite green, spinach. And so Parmesan Pasta with Chicken and Spinach was born.
(I did a double batch for more leftovers and lunches for the week)
- 1lb cubed chicken
- 1 package Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 to 1 lemon, your choice juiced and zested
- spinach no set amount, based on preference
- salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika to taste
- Salt a pot of water and bring to a boil, add pasta
- Season the chicken and add half the zest and juice
- In a skillet, over med-high heat, saute chicken olive oil
- In a separate pan, heat the half and half until it bubbles, add half the parmesan cheese, the rest of the zest and juice and 1 ladle of water from the pasta, add more water if you desire a thinner sauce, use less water if you want a thick sauce. I chose thin. Also, add more seasonings if desired.
- Drain pasta but do not rinse
- Toss half the pasta and the chicken in the sauce until combined, then add the spinach
- Top with remaining parmesan cheese and serve
I now use only Barilla Whole Grain pasta when making their favorite dishes and it’s easy to stock up at Walmart for everything I need. I am going to also try out the Barilla Gluten Free pasta that has recently been named one of Parents Magazine’s “Top 25 Allergy Free Foods”.
I can also save a few bucks using this great ibotta offer that gives me $1 cash back when I buy Barilla products. Can’t get easier than that!