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Healthy Pasta Recipe: Rotini With Chicken and Bell Peppers

Use your Instant Pot to put together this whole-grain pasta meal in just 35 minutes from start to finish. For best results, use small (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or cut large chicken breasts horizontally into thinner pieces. It only takes about 35 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients (serves 4)

• 3 cups (710 ml) low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
• 2 tablespoons (30g) no-salt added tomato paste
• 4 cups (12 ounces/340g) dry whole-grain rotini pasta
• 1/4 cup (27g) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
• 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
• 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 ml) chopped fresh rosemary
• Salt and black pepper, to taste
• 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 3 small (6 ounce/170g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt-free garlic seasoning blend
• 2 cups (440 ml) baby spinach
• 1/4 cup (60 ml) Parmesan cheese, shredded


1. In the pot of an electric pressure cooker, whisk together the broth and tomato paste until the tomato paste is dissolved.
2. Add the pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper. Stir to combine.
3. Place the bell peppers on top of the pasta. Season the chicken with the garlic seasoning and place on top of the pasta mixture, do not stir.

4. Lock on the lid, select the Manual/Pressure Cook function. Adjust to high pressure and set timer for 4 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is in the “sealing” position.

5. When the cooking time is up, carefully quick-release the pressure.

6. Unlock the lid and transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board.

7. Slice the meat into bite-size pieces and return them to the pot.

8. Add the spinach and cheese and stir to wilt the spinach. Serve immediately.


Nutrition (per 1-1/2 cup serving):

Calories: 407;
Total Fat: 11.2g;
Carbohydrate: 66.6g;
Dietary Fiber: 10g;
Sugar: 4.1g;
Protein: 48.5g

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