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Pasta with Chicken and Squash

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


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 695 calories, 43g fat (22g saturated fat), 142mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Brande
    Apr 12, 2019

    Was delicious

  • bernerlover
    Oct 19, 2018

    I absolutely love this dish. I've been making it for at least 15 yrs (or whenever it first came out). I make it exactly as is, other then halving it for just the two of us. hubby and company love it too

  • Grammy Debbie
    May 18, 2018

    Great recipe that comes together quickly with delicious results. I actually used chicken that we had grilled and just made t he pasta and squash/zucchini as directed. Delicious!

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 25, 2017

    The cheesy pasta in the recipe comes threw nicely with the chicken and squash!! It's a keeper!!

  • chand002
    Nov 8, 2014

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

  • gnats1222
    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!

  • allykat84
    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!

  • proverbs169
    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

  • sherri72143
    Mar 26, 2011

     Great dish!

  • howdu
    Jul 4, 2010

    I agree completely with Doreensanzone--very rich. I have used half and half in the cheese sauce with good results.