Rigatoni with Chicken, Tomatoes and Roquette

Rigatoni with Chicken, Tomatoes and Roquette

This light-tasting pasta dish is packed with the best late-harvest flavours of early fall. Peppery arugula adds an unusual flavour note to this dish, pairing beautifully with cherry tomatoes, basil, and Asiago cheese.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast(s)
  • 1/2 lb (0.3 kg) rigatoni pasta
  • or
  • 1/2 lb (0.3 kg) ditalini pasta
  • 5 oz (145 g) arugula (rocket)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • +
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) olive oil
  • 10 oz (285 g) cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) basil, fresh, minced
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) Asiago cheese, grated
  • 4 sprigs basil, fresh

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions in unsalted water.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick pan. Sauté chicken pieces until lightly browned and cooked through.

  3. Before draining pasta reserve ¼ cup (60 mL) of hot cooking liquid. Drain pasta. Add hot liquid and hot pasta to a large serving bowl. Toss in the fresh arugula and let sit a few minutes to wilt.

  4. Add chicken to bowl with the cooked pasta and arugula.

  5. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half or quarters if they are larger. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and cook for one minute until heated through but not falling apart. Add to the bowl with the pasta and chicken.

  6. Toss and season well with salt, pepper and minced fresh basil.

  7. To serve, divide among 4 serving plates. Top with the shredded Asiago cheese and a sprig of fresh basil.

This pretty coloured pasta dish relies on a salad green called roquette (rocket) or arugula. It is easily grown in the garden or a window box and has a fresh, peppery flavour.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 380 g serving Amount
  • Calories 450
  • Protein 36 g
  • Fat 13 g
  • Saturated Fat 3 g
  • Carbohydrate 45 g
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sugar 3 g
  • Cholesterol 70 mg
  • Sodium 440 mg
  • Per 380 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 20
  • Calcium 15
  • Iron 20
  • Vitamin A 30
  • Vitamin C 30
  • Vitamin B6 42
  • Vitamin B12 22
  • Folate 73
  • Magnesium 35
  • Zinc 22

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