Pasta with Chicken and Squash Recipe
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Pasta with Chicken and Squash Recipe

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This is a special dish that we enjoy often. A bed of noodles is covered with a creamy cheese sauce, tender squash and strips of chicken that've been stir-fired with flavorful herbs. It's delicious and pretty too! —Pam Hall, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium zucchini, julienned
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, julienned
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil, marjoram and savory
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 695 calories, 43 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 142 mg cholesterol, 640 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, add cream and butter; cook until butter is melted. Stir until smooth. Add cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Rinse and drain pasta; add to cheese mixture. Cover and keep warm.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in 3 tablespoons oil until onion is tender. Add squash; cook until tender. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper; remove and keep warm.
  3. Add remaining oil to skillet; cook chicken with herbs and remaining salt until juices run clear. Place pasta on a serving platter; top with chicken and squash. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Pasta with Chicken and Squash in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p25

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"One of my family's favorites. Didn't change a thing...don't think it needs anything."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"I made this for dinner last night, and it was delicious! I did make a few changes -- I used skim milk in place of the heavy cream (since we're trying to cut back on calories) and it turned out just fine. The pasta was a bit bland, so I added crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to the sauce. And I added some green and yellow peppers to the squash. Yum!"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"This is really good. I had to change it though i used half heavy cream & half 1% milk ( thats what i had on and i would use half & half if i was going to shop). I also had to season it more. I actually added crushed red pepper, salt & white & black ground pepper to the cheese sauce & it made it much better. I also added some fresh cayenne peppers to the squash & that helped as well. I season everything well so if you're used to a blander dish then just make it the way it is. Still very excellent!"

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Good idea, but not alot of flavor, we had to add alot more seasoning then the recipe called for, expect to have to add seasoning"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

" Great dish!"

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