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Penne with Grilled Chicken and Vodka Sauce

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

This restaurant favorite is usually made with bucket-loads of heavy cream and butter. We opted to use a little olive oil and half-and-half (lighter than cream), which still gives you a wonderful, creamy texture.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (1 cup)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 (26-ounce) low-sodium can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ½ cup vodka
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup half-and-half
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups cooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 3 (4-ounce) grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Cooking Directions

    Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.

    Add tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, vodka, and crushed red pepper, then bring to a boil.

    Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces slightly, about 10 minutes.

    Add half-and-half, and cook until sauce reduces, 5 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.

    Place 2/3 pasta in a bowl and top with ½ cup vodka sauce.

    Arrange 2 ounces grilled chicken on top of pasta and garnish with chopped basil.

    Serving size: 2/3 cup pasta, ½ cup sauce, and 2 ounces chicken Calories 360; Fat 6.3g

    (sat 1.8g, mono 2.8g, poly 1g); Cholesterol 52mg;Protein 25g; Carbohydrate 39g;

    Sugars 7g; Fiber 4g; RS 1g; Sodium 206mg

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe courtesy The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: penne, half and half, olive oil, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, vodka

    Course: Pasta

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