Cook linguini according to package directions adding peas, bell pepper and asparagus to cooking water during last 3 minutes of cooking.
Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk; bring to simmer, stirring frequently. Stir in salt and pepper. Stir in 1-1/4 cups cheese until melted.
Drain linguini and vegetables; return to pot over low heat. Add cheese sauce and chicken; mix well. Transfer to serving plates; top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and, if desired, basil. Serve with freshly ground black pepper.
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This farm news was published in the April 5, 2006 issue of Farm World.