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Healthified Smoked Chicken Pasta

A quick and easy pasta dish, with a super creamy but secretly healthy sauce. The perfect recipe for using up leftovers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Renata

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb linguine pasta can be gluten free if desired
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 ¼ cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 1 lb smoked chicken shredded into large chunks
  • 1 handful of kale torn or chopped into small bite size pieces
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, pour in the water, oil and 1 tsp of salt. Bring to the boil.
  2. Add in the linguine pasta and stir till all the pasta is submerged.
  3. Allow to cook, stirring frequently, till the water is mostly absorbed and the pasta is al dente. If needed, add a little more water, ½ cup at a time, and allow pasta to continue cooking till al dente, stirring frequently.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, add the cashews, sunflower seeds, chicken broth, nutritional yeast, garlic and ½ tsp black pepper, to a high speed blender or food processor. Blend all the ingredients till a smooth sauce forms. Taste and season as desired.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked and almost all the liquid in the pan is absorbed, add about half of the sauce to the pasta and stir well. Feel free to add in more sauce if needed.
  6. Add in the chicken and kale and toss well.
  7. Sprinkle with a little more kale and serve!

Recipe Notes

Store remaining sauce in the fridge in an airtight container. Add more sauce to the pasta leftovers or use it as a creamy dressing for salads.