I receive multiple requests to create Weight Watchers friendly meals that will feed a family, or make several meals out of one dish and as always I’m happy to oblige when I can. What I am about to say next may blow your mind, I might even lose a few followers…. here goes…..
We were never a pasta loving family and I don’t even crave pasta but maybe once or twice a year…… I know, I know some of you are ready to stop reading others are spitting their beverages out crying “WHAT?! You DON’T crave pasta?!!” But it’s true, it’s just not up there with my faves.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not totally immune to having thoughts about delicious carb filled tubes of joy smothered in warm spicy sauce and covered with gooey melted cheesy cheese make their way into my belly that will surely be bloated beyond reason by the second bite, yea I think about it.
But I also think about the stomach ache I’m going to have after my rendezvous with pasta, which oddly enough bread doesn’t do that to me, but ANYWAY I spotted a new box o pasta in my grocery adventures and thought I’d give it a whirl and make it Weight Watcher friendly all at the same time!
Meet Barilla Protein Plus
You ready for this quick, easy, and filling recipe?
Girl Gone Healthy’s Cheesey (with an extra “e” in cheesy) Chicken Pasta
– 1 bag of Tyson Grilled and Ready Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breasts (2 points per serving/6 servings in bag)
– 1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce- I used a spicy tomato, basil (2 points per serving/5 servings per jar)
– 1 box of Barilla Protein Plus Pasta (9 points per serving/ 7 servings in box)
– 1/2 bag Shredded Parmesan Cheese (3 points per serving/ 6 TOTAL in bag but used 1/2= 3 servings)
Pre-heat your oven to 350. Bring a large pot of water to rolling boil, add pasta and cook until desired tenderness- drain and set aside. While pasta is boiling saute/warm up your chicken breasts in a large skillet until heated through out, set aside. Using a large bowl, pour sauce over pasta and begin to combine, add chicken in and continue to mix until pasta and chicken are coated. Pour well mixed pasta and chicken into a non stick 9X13 baking pan, smooth everything down ensuring everything is evenly distributed. Top with cheese, cover pan with foil, and place in pre-heated 350 oven for 15 minutes, remove foil and allow cheese to get golden and bubbly cooking for an additional 3 to 5 minutes depending on oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool, cut into 12 servings.
Total points for entire pan= 94 at 12 generous servings per pan= 8 points per serving