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    Confetti Penne Pasta

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    55 mins

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    25 mins

    Gingerbee's Note:

    This is a creation born out of loving Italian and Mexican food. It's colorful, has texture, has kick and three food groups. One dish meal, quick and easy and so good the family won't mind the veggies!

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    1. 1
      Slice chicken breasts into thin strips.
    2. 2
      Place in bowl; season with salt, pepper and 2 cloves of pressed garlic.
    3. 3
      Set aside covered for 1/2 hours.
    4. 4
      In a large fry pan, over med-high heat, brown chicken strips in olive oil.
    5. 5
      Remove chicken with slotted spoon from pan and set aside into a clean bowl.
    6. 6
      In the same fry pan, lightly sauté onions and 2 cloves of garlic for 2 minutes.
    7. 7
      Add cumin, hot pepper flakes and stir for 2 minutes more just to release flavor of cumin and heat of pepper flakes.
    8. 8
      Add corn, celery, red peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire and vinegar stirring to loosen chicken flavor bits in the pan and to "deglaze" the pan and cook for 2 minutes more.
    9. 9
      Add tomato sauce, grated carrot, black olives, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, oregano and return chicken to the pan along with any juices left from the chicken in the bowl.
    10. 10
      Cook mixture covered over medium heat just until peppers and zucchini are tender; 15-20 minutes (or the way you like them--soft or crunchy?).
    11. 11
      Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
    12. 12
      Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of cold butter.
    13. 13
      This will smooth the sauce out.
    14. 14
      Cook and drain pasta.
    15. 15
      Toss with confetti sauce and serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 06, 2009


      This is a very tasty and forgiving recipe. I kept some vegetable quantities the same but reduced others (corn) and added a little more tomato sauce. It all turned out beautifully and we loved it.

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    • on October 10, 2005


      Good. I was suspicious of the high vegetable quantities and whether they would be overpowering the pasta & chicken so I cut them down. My husband loved it. I thought it was just okay. I'll make it again but something was missing for me.

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    • on August 26, 2003


      Made this for supper last night! Flavourful to say the least. Didn't change a thing. I recommend it highly.

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    Nutritional Facts for Confetti Penne Pasta

    Serving Size: 1 (555 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 785.5
    Calories from Fat 266
    Total Fat 29.5 g
    Saturated Fat 7.3 g
    Cholesterol 72.0 mg
    Sodium 1066.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 105.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 16.3 g
    Sugars 13.9 g
    Protein 33.1 g

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