Serves 6 / This pasta stretches two chicken breasts into six servings with a garden of fresh vegetables; use chicken thighs for even more savings. If your family doesn’t care for artichokes, feel free to leave them out; the dish will still be delicious. Frozen green beans (1 1/2 cups) may be substituted for fresh, but add to water only 2 minutes before pasta is done.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, sliced thinly across the grain
1 onion, chopped
1 small eggplant (4 ounces), diced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Â½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 (15-ounce) can artichoke heart quarters, drained (optional)
6 small white potatoes (11–12 ounces), quartered
Â½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
Â½ pound thin spaghetti
1 cup pasta water or white wine
1 (6-ounce) jar pesto
Juice of Â½ lemon
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil; keep warm.
2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large, deep pot. Add chicken and sautÃ© until brown, about 1 minute. Remove to a plate. Add onion, eggplant, garlic powder, and oregano to pot; sautÃ© until brown and eggplant is crusty, about 15 minutes. Stir in artichokes, if using. Reduce heat and keep warm.
3. Return salted water to a gentle boil and add potatoes. Cook for 8 minutes, and then add green beans; cook for 1 minute, and add pasta. Cook until pasta is al dente and vegetables are tender, 8–10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water.
4. Increase onion-eggplant mixture to high heat. Add pasta water and pesto. Boil until liquid is reduced by half, 3–5 minutes. Add chicken, pasta, green beans, and potatoes. Toss well and heat through, squeeze lemon juice over all, and serve.
PER SERVING: 406 cal, 13g fat (6g mono, 5g poly, 2g sat), 21mg chol, 19g protein, 54g carb, 12g fiber, 406mg sodium