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Cilantro Green Chile Pork Penne

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This recipe is made with leftover cooked chicken or pork chops, or, as part of our Weekly Meal Plan.

Cilantro Green Chile Penne

Cilantro Green Chile Penne


  • Leftover cooked chicken or pork chops- about 2-3 cups
  • Penne pasta- 1 lb
  • Queso-fresco cheese- 1 round
  • Diced green chiles- 4 7oz. cans
  • Cilantro- 1 bunch leaves pulled from stems with one “twist-and-pull”


  1. Boil pasta in salted water until tender.
  2. In blender, combine green chiles (not drained), three-quarter of the cheese leaving out about a fourth to crumble on top, and cilantro.
  3. Blend on medium until it becomes a sauce; do not over-blend; be careful not to puree it.
  4. Before draining pasta, use a glass measuring cup or coffee cup to scoop out about 1 cup of the cooking water.
  5. Drain pasta and return to pan.
  6. Add pasta water back to pasta.
  7. Pour sauce from blender over pasta.
  8. Add cooked chicken or pork chops to pasta.
  9. Serve topped with remaining cheese, hand-crumbled.

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