Chicken and Sweet Pea Linguine with Mascarpone Cream Sauce

Mascarpone, an Italian-style cream cheese, may be best known as the key ingredient in the dessert tiramisu, but its extra-creamy texture and mild buttery taste make it a brilliant addition to pastas. Adding some of the pasta-cooking water thins out the mascarpone to make an easy, not-too-rich cream sauce.

Prep Time
30 min
30 min


  • 2 6-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano flakes
  • ½ tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper, divided
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 8 oz whole-grain linguine
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil


1. Season chicken with oregano and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil on medium-high. Add chicken and cook, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut into thin strips. Cover with foil to keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook al dente according to package directions. Reserving 1 cup of the cooking water, drain pasta.

3. Meanwhile, in same skillet, heat remaining ½ tbsp oil on low. Add leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar and cook, stirring, until leeks are very soft and golden, 2 to 3 minutes more.

4. Increase heat to medium; add peas, mascarpone and reserved pasta-cooking water. Cook, stirring, until sauce is smooth. Add pasta, chicken, lemon zest and remaining ¼ tsp each salt and pepper; toss to coat. Sprinkle with basil.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 cups
  • Calories 317
  • Carbohydrate Content 37 g
  • Cholesterol Content 57 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 22 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 192 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g