Gluten-Free Mixes and Italian Family Recipes

Penne with Chicken & Asparagus


March 6, 2015

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • 5 mins

    20 mins

    25 mins

  • Yields: 4 to 6


1 pound penne pasta

4 ounces pancetta, thinly sliced or cubed

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 onion, peeled & chopped fine, about 1/2 cup

1 garlic clove, peeled & minced

1/2 pound asparagus, rinsed

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, oil-packed and chopped

1 cup chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Dash freshly ground pepper

1/2 pound grilled chicken cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Cook the pancetta in a heavy-bottom, nonstick medium skillet, over low heat, stirring occasionally. When pancetta is cooked, after about 5 to 10 minutes, remove to a plate covered with a paper towel. Cut into small pieces with a sharp knife or kitchen shears.

Wipe skillet with a paper towel. In same skillet, heat olive oil over low heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, in a large pot, over high heat. When the water is boiling, add 2 tablespoons salt and penne. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook uncovered, according to package directions, stirring occasionally.

Snap off the tough end of each asparagus spear then cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch pieces. Add asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, broth, sea salt and pepper to skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir in cooked chicken and pancetta and toss with drained pasta. Taste and adjust for salt. Transfer to a heated serving dish and garnish with grated parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

HELPING HANDS: Kids can help snap the asparagus.