Pesto Pasta with Chicken

A little while ago, the mom and I decided to make dinner together. I made pesto pasta with chicken and she'll show you tomorrow what she made. It's super easy to make.
2 cups basil leaves (packed)
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup pine nuts (set aside some to add into pasta.)
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1-2 chicken breast
1 package noodles (whatever kind you want!)

Cook chicken and pasta separately. While the chicken and pasta cook, it's a pretty good time to make the sauce. It's easy to do this in a food processor. Combine basil leaves, garlic, and 1/4 cup of the nuts until coarsely chopped. Next, add the olive oil. Add the parmesan cheese. Blend until smooth(ish). If it's just not getting as smooth as you want, add more olive oil until desired consistency. I liked shredded parmesan cheese better than grated just for texture. Grated will be more smooth in the pesto.
After the chicken is cooked, add 1/4 cup of the pesto sauce into a skillet pan with the chicken. Cook for 2 minutes. Combine pasta, chicken and pesto sauce. Then, enjoy!

I added sun dried tomatoes to the sauce. It added a delicious touch!
Here's a tip, a quick and easy way to get the skin off a garlic clove is to place it under the side of the blade of a knife...and hit the other side of the blade with your palm. Don't show mercy, hit it good! The skin should come off very easily after that!


Jordan McCollum said...

This was so yummy!

Tracy said...

Oh this looks so yummy.
I am a collector of recipes, this one makes the cut.
I a a collector not a cooker, teehee.

Heather Landry said...

This looks delicious! I so totally want pasta now and it's not even 9AM yet. Thanks for sharing!

Marie said...

This sounds and looks so good! So glad you linked up with us at Show & Share!


Mindie Hilton said...

I love basil and garlic, it's good for u too. Thanks for sharing at Bacon time.

Unknown said...

I adore fresh pesto! Yum! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Tamdsgns said...

Yum! Must give this a try tfs!

Jennifer said...

I love sun dried tomatoes!! And pesto so I'm sure them together was so yumo!
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! Love for you to join us again!
Co Host Jennifer

Kaitlin Saenz said...

Thanks again for linking up!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

ohhh yum yum yum I adore pesto especially fresh! Thank you so much for making me crave pesto so much I might actually have to make it this week :o) yum I can hardly wait! :o) Thank you guys for linking up I always look forward to seeing what you are up to!
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Michelle said...

Can't wait to give this one a try! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday! I featured your recipe this week. Hope to see you again! :)

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