This is the perfect autumn dish and a great way to incorporate pumpkin – a fall staple – into a family-friendly meal.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped in bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 300 grams penne pasta
  • OPTIONAL: Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a deep pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook about 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and transfer to a plate. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot, bring 1 cup water to boil. Add the broccoli and cover with lid. Lower heat to medium-low and steam for 5-7 minutes. Or until broccoli is softened to your liking. Remove the broccoli, and set aside in a bowl.
  3. In a large pot with salted water, start preparing your penne according to package directions.
  4. In the same deep pan used for the chicken, heat the last tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until just starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for 30 seconds more. Then add the chicken stock, pumpkin purée, dried basil and dried oregano, and stir to combine. Simmer for about 3-5 minutes, stirring often. Now pour in the heavy cream, stirring to combine. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Stir in the broccoli and chicken. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve cooked pasta with sauce on top. Top with Parmesan cheese if you’d like. Enjoy!

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