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Chicken Pasta Primavera – $5 Dinner Challenge

Delicious pasta dish loaded with diced chicken, zucchini, squash, carrots, broccoli, garden fresh tomatoes…tossed in a Parmesan cheese sauce!

Chicken Pasta Primavera

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 1 box piccolini farfalle pasta ($.50) On sale for $1 matched with $.50 coupon!
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced ($1.76) Bought on sale with coupon!
  • 1 tsp olive oil ($.03)
  • 1 medium zucchini squash, cut into circles ($.53) Bought 50% off from farmer’s market!
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut into circles ($.46) Bought 50% off from farmer’s market!
  • 1/4 small yellow onion, chopped ($.05)
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets ($.46)
  • 2 carrot sticks, peeled and chopped ($.20)
  • 5 small tomatoes, seeded and diced (from the garden)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
  • 3 Tbsp butter or margarine ($.30)
  • 3 Tbsp flour ($.10)
  • 2 cups milk ($.25)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese ($.25)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • In medium saucepan, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and add to large serving bowl.
  • In large skillet, saute diced chicken in olive oil and salt and pepper for 6-8 minutes, stirring often. Once chicken has cooked through, transfer to plate.

  • Chop all veggies. Add chopped veggies to same skillet that cooked the chicken in.

  • Add all the veggies (except the tomatoes) to the same skillet that you sauteed the chicken and steam/saute for 3-4 minutes with 1/4 cup of water. Add the tomatoes during the last minute. Transfer to plate.

  • Make white sauce in the same skillet. See video for details! (Note: My videographer husband was still at work while I made this dinner, so sorry about the few spots that are jumpy!)

  • In large serving bowl, toss pasta, cooked chicken, sauteed veggies with Parmesan sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste…and extra Parmesan cheese if you like.
  • Serve Chicken Pasta Primavera.

Cost $4.99

Note: This made a LOT of pasta…will easily feed us all for lunch tomorrow…and possible beyond!