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Asparagus, Chicken and Pasta Serves 8

1 (16oz) package of Penne pasta

1 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 ¼ tsp minced garlic

1 ½ red bell pepper, chopped

2 bunches of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces

1 ½ cup chicken broth

½ cup chopped fresh basil

salt to taste

¾ tsp black pepper

½ cup butter

1 ¼lb grilled chicken breast strips

2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta according to the package directions for al dente. Drain.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, red pepper and the asparagus. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Pour the chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Add the basil, salt, pepper, butter and chicken. Cook and stir for a few minutes until the chicken is heated through.

Stir in the pasta and then fold in the Parmesan cheese. Serve.

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