Recipe by Barilla
"Strips of grilled chicken breast are served with spaghetti tossed in a veggie and pesto mixture."
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1 (13.25 ounce) box
Barilla® Whole Grain Spaghetti
chicken breast, cut in half lengthwise and pounded thin
extra-virgin olive oil, divided
garlic cloves, chopped, divided
salt and black pepper to taste
fresh thyme, divided
small broccoli florets
cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (4 ounce) jar
I agree with many reviewers about it needing something - I added more pesto and that helped (I make my own pesto with fresh basil and I think that has a stronger flavor so that might also have helped). I added pine nuts for a little crunch. I will make again as it was easy and pretty healthy.
I always have Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti on hand and thought I would give this a try. The grilled chicken was perfect but the rest of the meal was just OK. Not sure I will try to make this again with tweaks.
While I really believe Barillo pastas are some of the best, I've been less than enthused with their recipes. I used 8 ounces of pasta and that was too much in proportion to the other ingredients. The chicken, broccoli and cherry tomatoes were lost in the pasta. The flavors where trying hard to "come through", inspite of the 6 cloves of garlic and triple thyme I used. Salt and pepper were sorely needed, which I did add. We have been eating whole grain pasta since it was introduced and loving it. We appreciate the extra fiber and protein it offers. Thank you, Barillo, for your fine productsa!
I had read the reviews and saw the it was kind of bland, so decided to make the "Pesto" recipe here on the Allrecipes site, thinking that the fresh-picked-from-the-garden herbs and freshly ground parmesan would make a big difference in the outcome. It was...still lacking something. The directions felt a bit clunky to me, and it was hard to keep up with it all. Next time, I would set the pot of water to boil first, then grill the chicken, then leave it to rest while I worked on the veggies, setting those aside in a large bowl until needed. Then I would cook the spaghetti, toss it into the vegetables until well-mixed, then add the pesto to coat well. I had added the pesto first, and by the time the veggies were added, the spaghetti had absorbed everything and there wasn't much left over. Maybe that would have made a difference? Also, I added more salt than I normally do, but the depth of flavor still didn't seem strong. Individually, all the components were great. But together? It just seemed disjointed. I'll have to try again.
This was just okay. As is, I felt like it was missing something. Added more salt and extra pesto sauce to the dish and shredded parmesan cheese helped, but still rather disappointed. Love Barilla pasta, but this recipe needs a little work.
The chicken was not overly seasoned, but, was juicy and had a nice flavor. It seemed bland and a little dry, so, I added a little more pesto. The additional pesto did add some more flavor, but, the dish still seemed a little dry.
I really loved this meal and so did the rest of my family. It is a perfect pasta dish for a summer evening. I followed the recipe nearly as written, except I added some more pesto than it called for. The Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti is so good, it was my first time trying it. I will definitely be adding this to my dinner repertoire!
Great recipe! We loved the texture of the whole grain spaghetti. I don't think I will make regular spaghetti anymore! All the ingredients worked really well together. I put 2 chicken breasts in this one.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Whole Grain Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Marinated Chicken Breast and Pesto
Serving Size: 1/7 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 7
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 159
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