Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Penne

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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This Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta is jam-packed full of fresh flavor! And it is impossible to stop eating. Truly. I stood over the pan with a fork and just kept digging in. Don't tell my familyPasta has always been my kryptonite. There is something irresistible about al-dente pasta combined with flavor rich sauces and a bite of protein. It is filling and comforting. Am I the only one who thinks Italian dishes are comfort food? I put this dish together in 30 minutes [ thank goodness for time saving recipes, am i right!? ]. It is a classic dish with artisan flavor; enrobing warm buttery penne in savory sauce with hearty chunks of chicken and veggies. Using local produce from the farmer's market builds flavor in this dish that you just can't get otherwise. 

I grabbed a couple of jars of the Prego® Farmers' Market Classic Marinara and Roasted Garlic Sauce from Walmart and got to work! The flavor of the sauce is beautifully complimented with fresh mushrooms, zucchini, and green bell pepper from the local farmer's market! If you have a farmer's market near, do not miss the opportunity to get fresh produce. It makes all the difference!

The sauce is what makes this dish extra special. This recipes uses the new Prego Farmers' Market Roasted Garlic sauce. I am over the moon about these new Farmers' Market sauces! They utilize farm fresh ingredients for irresistible full flavors. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to find a really good base for italian dishes. The heart of Italian food is the sauce and these sauces deliver. Big time!

Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Penne
Prep Time: 10 min  |  Cook Time: 30 min  |  Servings: 8-10


For the chicken
- 6 small chicken breast
- 1½ tablespoons of butter
- pinch of salt
- dash of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of Bragg's 24 Herbs & Spices seasoning

| You can substitute the Bragg's for an Italian Herb blend seasoning of choice |

For the dish
- 1 jar of Prego Farmers' Market Roasted Garlic Sauce
½ of a large Zuchini [ diced ]
- ½ of a medium Onion [ diced ]
- 4 large Portebella mushrooms [ diced ]
- 1 large green Bell Pepper [ chopped ]
- 1 can of Cannelloni beans
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ of a cup Parmesan cheese [ shredded ]
- 1 box of Penne pasta

For the garnish
- 1½ cups shredded Parmesan cheese
- Sprinkle of flake salt
- Red Pepper flakes

For the Crostini's
- 1 large baguette
- olive oil
- garlic cheese spread

- Large pan
- Chopping knife
- Cutting board
- Medium size bowl
- Medium size pot
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper


- Cut baguette at an angle into 1inch thick pieces, drizzle with olive oil, and spread garlic cheese. Place on lined baking sheet. Set aside.

- Chop mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper, and onion and combine in a medium size bowl. Set aside. 

- Shred the ½ of a cup Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

- Preheat oven to 400˚


Step 1. Place chicken breast in large pan with 1½ tablespoons of butter, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of Bragg's [ or classic Italian herb blend ]. Cook for 10 minutes on each side on high heat until golden brown on outside. Cut into chunks [while still in pan ]  and sauté in 1 teaspoon of butter for 5 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Step 2. Place mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper, and onion in the same pan, drizzle with olive oil and sauté on medium high heat for 5 minutes. Just until veggie become translucent. Add chicken back into pan with veggies and reduce heat to low. Add in one jar of Prego Farmers' Market Roasted Garlic Sauce, 2 tablespoons heavy cream, and ½ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese, and 1 can of Cannelloni beans. Simmer on low.

Step 3. Fill medium size pot with water, add a dash of salt, and bring to a boil. Add in penne pasta and cook for 7 minutes. Pasta will be al-dente. Drain, then, add pasta into the pan with Tuscan Chicken and veggies. Toss until pasta is evenly coated with sauce.

Step 4. Place prepared Crostini garlic/cheese bread in oven and bake on 400˚ for 5 minutes.

Step 5. Serve Tuscan Chicken and Penne with flake salt, red pepper flakes, grated parmesan cheese and garlic-cheese Crostini's! 

This dish is addictively delicious! It is fresh and full of flavor. And the best part of all? It only takes 30 minutes to make. You are only a mere 30 minutes away from the best plate of carbs you've ever had ;)

What are you favorite farm fresh finds? How do you enjoy Prego's Farmers' Martket Sauces? Let me know in the comments. Have a beautiful day! xo, Jen


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