Although there are quite a few variations of pasta primavera, one thing always remains the same: loads of fresh veggies! That’s what makes this pasta dish so light and healthy, and perfect for counting macros. Try our version with lightly seasoned chicken breast, a rainbow of colorful veggies, and fresh lemon juice that skips the cream.
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1/6 serving (386g)
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Nutrition Facts: 392 calories / 40.5g carbs / 32.5g protein / 11.5g fat
- 8-ounce (228g) of uncooked penne pasta
- 1 tablespoon (15g) olive oil (divided)
- 1 lb (448g) raw boneless, skinless chicken breast (diced or cubed)
- 2 teaspoons salt (divided)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 medium (175g) red onion (sliced)
- 1 medium (94g) red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1 medium (200g) yellow squash (quartered)
- 8-ounces (230g) asparagus (ends trimmed and sliced into 2” pieces)
- 1 cup (160g) frozen peas
- 1 cup (149g) grape tomatoes (halved)
- 2 tablespoons (30g) fresh lemon juice
- 5-ounces (140g) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions on the box. Drain when done and save ½ cup of pasta water.
- Heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add cubed chicken and season with 1 teaspoon each of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Cook for 7-8 minutes until chicken is cooked. Set chicken aside and return the skillet to heat.
- Add the other ½ tablespoon of olive oil and saute garlic for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Then add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, and asparagus and saute for an additional 5 minutes until veggies are tender but still have a little crisp for freshness!
- In the same skillet or large pasta pot, add cooked pasta, cooked chicken, peas, tomatoes, and lemon juice and mix well.
- Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
- Garnish with fresh Italian parsley or extra Parmesan cheese (macros not included) and serve.
- You can substitute any other pasta shape and vegetable and the macro differences will be negligible.
- You can substitute chicken breast with any other protein such as plant-based substitutes, lean turkey, or shrimp. Macros may vary.