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Spaghetti Primavera with Chicken

by TastefullyJulie on April 19, 2012

First things first, I must apologize on behalf of this spaghetti. I’m apologizing for the fact that it’s so delicious. It wasn’t intended to be a blog post, just a quick dinner, so I only snapped a couple of random shots for fun.

But after I tasted it, it HAD to become a post. Like, NOW. I didn’t have it in me to make you all wait, not knowing about this scrumptious pasta, while I remade it and took some proper photos.

Look at that. Still in the pot, even. No time to look for a fancy serving dish when you're hungry!

I’ve been working diligently, trying improve my food photography so I can have the pleasure of seeing my photos all across the foodie interweb. I owe many thanks to Lindsay at Pinch of Yum. Her Tasty Food Photography book is amazing and has really reignited my old passion for photography.

I still have a long way to go, though, and that’s why I hate moving backwards like this. I won’t do it again. I promise. Oh wait, I have a bunch of old point and shoot photos already on my hard drive waiting to be published. But then that’s it. Never. Again.

This is my kind of meal. I’ve always had a fondness for Primavera. It’s so easy and you can really use whatever veggies you want. I would even just skip the chicken, but then the carnivore would say it wasn’t a “meal”. Sigh.

Get in my belly!

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Spaghetti Primavera with Chicken
Recipe type: Pasta, Main
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Serves: 4

  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ pound chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup white wine (I only had sherry which I used and it was good)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
  • 1 small broccoli crown, trimmed and cut into 2-inch florets
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped or ½ cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 large carrot peeled and sliced about ¼ inch thin, then cut on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup 1 percent milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with Kosher salt. Cook chicken with the garlic, stirring frequently, until chicken is no longer pink on the outside, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Stir in Italian seasoning, increase heat and add wine to deglaze pan. Be sure to scrape up all the yummy brown bits.
  4. Remove chicken and garlic from pan and set aside.
  5. Put on water to boil.
  6. Heat remaining ½ tablespoon of oil in the saute pan and add the veggies. Cook until they begin to soften, about 3 -5 minutes.
  7. Start cooking the spaghetti.
  8. Stir cornstarch into the chicken stock and add the mixture to the veggies.
  9. Add the reserved chicken and milk and bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer and cook until liquid has thickened slightly, and veggies have reached your desired texture, about 5-10 minutes.
  10. Drain the spaghetti well so it doesn’t water down your sauce.
  11. Season the sauce mixture with salt and pepper (I did so liberally because I love salt).
  12. Toss the spaghetti together with the chicken and veggies.
  13. Serve with Parmesan cheese for topping.

Inspired by Food Network.

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1 Part Time House Wife April 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

This looks awesome Julie! I’d love it minus chicken for a light lunch! Hubster on the other hand would insist on chicken… It’s not dinner unless it has meat according to him! lol
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2 TastefullyJulie April 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

Same here. It’s so annoying! lol


3 Lorrie April 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

Yum! I would probably buy pre-cut veggies because I am that lazy :)


4 TastefullyJulie April 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

That’s not a bad idea, Lorrie!


5 Renee @ Tortillas and Honey April 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

This looks like a great spring or summer pasta! I love all the colorful vegetables and it looks really simple to put together.
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6 kale @ tastes good to me! April 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’m a pastavore, so this looks great!
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7 steph@stephsbitebybite April 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Get in my belly indeed! This looks delish!


8 Jen at The Three Little Piglets April 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Isn’t it funny the way that blogging changes the way you eat? I do the same thing sometimes and have to laugh at myself when I catch myself thinking I so need to blog this!
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9 TastefullyJulie April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

The worst is when I make something really good but it’s after dark and I can’t get a shot at all!


10 Anita at Hungry Couple April 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm

This is great. I love a good spaghetti primavera and I’d leave out the chicken. Mr. Hungry Couple, on the other hand, is the “it’s not dinner unless there’s meat” type. It must be a guy thing… :)
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11 TastefullyJulie April 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Ugh. Like tonight I said we were having a nice spinach salad for dinner. With garbanzos, hard boiled eggs, and a bunch of other stuff. He says, “uh, can you make a steak or something with that?”.


12 emily (a nutritionist eats) April 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

I think these pictures look great! I also loved that book.
It is so great when those “random” meals end up being so good you have to post about them!
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13 TastefullyJulie April 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thanks, Emily! But you know, as they say, composition “too tight”. ;)


14 Bloggy Writer April 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Perfect and healthy. It has all the healthy ingredients, so good to look and definitely delightful to taste. I want to make and eat it now.
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15 TastefullyJulie April 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Do it! :)


16 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I think these photos turned out great! I’m trying to teach myself photography too–I have the worst time with lighting. Oh, and I love the recipe too! I always make my pasta with LOTS of veggies because it’s much more filling that way.
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17 TastefullyJulie April 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Thank you, Kiersten. According to “the powers that be”, composition is my biggest setback.
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