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Simple Pasta Dish

Tonight I made a simple dish with chicken breasts, escarole and pasta.  Since Dean is way on business, I took advantage of the situation and made something with pasta (because Dean is reducing his carb intake). 

Escarole is a wonderfully flavorful vegetable that can be used in stews, soups or just sautéed.  Until I met Dean, I didn’t know what it was and tried it for the first time during a Christmas Eve dinner at his parent’s house when we were engaged.  His grandmother would prepare it with anchovies, olives and walnuts and would slow cook it over the stovetop in a Dutch oven.  I had no idea it had anchovies in it and just thought it was fantastic.  Later, when I found out what was in it, I was surprised and delighted.  Since then, I use escarole as often as I can.

If you have not yet had the pleasure of tasting escarole, try it; hopefully, you will be as delighted as I was.  If however, you know this is not a vegetable for you, you can substitute spinach in this dish for the escarole (just make sure you add it at the very end so that the spinach is not overcooked).

Enjoy and happy experimenting!

Chicken with Pasta and Escarole

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes


1 pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts – cut into 2 inch pieces

1 clove garlic – minced

1 head escarole

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 cup fat free chicken broth

½ pound (usually ½ box) pasta

¼ cup pasta water

¼ cup parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat, season chicken with salt and pepper and add to skillet.  Sauté until chicken is browned.  Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Cut escarole into pieces and add to chicken, reduce heat to medium low and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth with salt, pepper and basil, cover and cook for about 10 minutes (or until escarole is tender).
  4. While chicken and escarole is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta for about 5 – 7 minutes until slightly firm but no longer hard.
  5. Remove pasta from water, reserving ¼ cup of the water.  Add pasta water and pasta to the chicken mixture and allow to cook for an additional 2 minutes (broth will become slightly thickened).
  6. Remove skillet from heat, stir in parmesan cheese then spoon into a serving bowl.

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 300                                                                    Fat = 3 grams

4 thoughts on “Simple Pasta Dish

  1. This is delicious, Dina! I love green veggies with pasta. I have been using brown rice and avoiding white flour for a while. But whole grain pasta has not tasted good to us. We have been pleased with the Barilla Plus, or similar house brands which have some bean flours and a little more protein and almost twice the fiber than “traditional” pasta. They taste good, and the fiber is key to keeping you full and avoiding carb “crash.” I’m wondering whether other people are enjoying it. I also like to use less meat and some beans to lower the animal fat but get protein.


  2. Hi Dina,

    Yummmm….this sounds really good. Small detail: I despise escarole, think it would work with broccoli? I (seriously) eat a half a head most days by myself!

    Many Thanks,

    **Hi to Dean (from our old work days)


    1. Absolutely, whenever you see an ingredient that includes something you know you don’t like, just keep it out or substitute it for something that you do like. The only time you may not be able to substitute is in some baking recipes where the ingredient is key in making a chemical reaction that has to occur (i.e. egg yolks in a souffle’). Otherwise you are good to go. Enjoy and please let me know how it comes out:)


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