5 from 8 votes
Penne with blackened Chicken, Asparagus, and Cherry Tomatoes
Chicken Penne Pasta with Asparagus
Chicken Penne Pasta with Asparagus is such a deliciously flavorful simple pasta dish and it has a few of my favorite ingredients, tender juicy chicken, fresh asparagus, and ripe grape tomatoes from the garden.
Author: Heidy L. McCallum
Ingredients
Chicken Penne Pasta with Asparagus
  • 16- ounces of uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound of baked seasoned boneless skinless chicken, cut into 1×1 pieces
  • 4 cups of homemade Primavera sauce below
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 pounds thin asparagus trimmed & in 1 and 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 minced garlic clove
  • virgin olive oil
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
Homemade sauce
  • 3 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
Garnish and topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • freshly grated cheese
Instructions
  1. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a full boil over high heat. Add the pasta-cook until Al dente about 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally. Drain the pasta and toss with a little olive oil to coat the pasta.
  2. Pour the heavy cream into a saucepan. Place on medium low heat add both types of cheese, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir constantly on low heat. Cook for about 5 minutes or all cheese and ingredients are incorporated. Turn off the heat completely.
  3. In a large saute pan, heat about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the remainder of minced garlic, which should be 3 minced cloves, cook about 1 – 2 minutes on low. Do not brown the garlic. Add the asparagus and grape tomatoes, then season with the salt and pepper. Cook for about 3-4 minutes to slightly soften (You will want the asparagus to remain firm.)
  4. At this time add the vegetables, pre-baked and pre-cut chicken then place sauce over Penne Pasta. At this time lightly toss and combine all ingredients together.
  5. Top with extra cheese, pepper flakes, and chopped basil before serving.