May 022016
 

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When it comes to Pastas, my heart skips a beat. I can eat pasta in any form, any sauce and even boiled 😛 But when you see an authentic Italian pasta on a platter that love transforms into madness. I made Italian Basil Pesto the other day and me and my husband were going gaga over it. We finished more than half the jar by simply smearing it on our breads and eating it. Then I gave an ultimatum to my husband that we are not eating it like this any more and that I needed to make something with this. 

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I had some chicken breast and a jar of sun dried tomatoes. Believe it or not the pasta came together in fifteen minutes. By the time I finished boiling the spaghetti, the chicken was ready. I arranged everything together and served. What an amazing dinner it was. So refreshing, light and still filling. In my unconscious mind I took a small trip to Italy <3

Directions:

1. Boil the pasta of your choice till al dente and set aside. (Learn how to Boil Pasta perfectly). Take out the sundried tomatoes from the jar. And cut them into small bite size pieces. Set aside.


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2. Cube the chicken breast. Also mince some garlic and set aside. You can always substitute Chicken with Mushrooms for the vegetarian twist.


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3. In a pan add some Olive oil and add minced garlic to the pan and give it a toss.


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4. Add Chicken and cook till it has turned white from pink. 


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5. Season with Salt and Black pepper. Turn the flame off when it’s cooked.


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6. Add the Basil Pesto to the Boiled pasta and also add the chopped sundried tomatoes.


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7. Toss them together using a set of forks.

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8. Transfer to a serving platter and drizzle some Lemon juice on it. Serve it hot or at room temperature. 

Other Pasta recipes you can try here are:  Avocado Parsley PastaHealthy Broccoli PastaItalian Chicken Meatballs with SpaghettiPasta Alla VodkaSautéed Red Bell Pepper and Olive Pasta SaladSautéed Red Bell Pepper and Olive Pasta SaladSundried Tomato Pasta SaladVegetarian Hakka Noodles

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Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta| Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes
Serves 8
A delicious and Creamy Chicken Pasta with Basil Pesto.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts* (Vegetarian substitution in notes below)
  3. 500gms Pasta
  4. 1 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought
  5. 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  6. Salt and black pepper, to taste
  7. Lemon Juice, for Garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Boil the pasta of your choice till al dente and set aside. Take out the sundried tomatoes from the jar. And cut them into small bite size pieces. Set aside.
  2. Cube the chicken breast. Also mince some garlic and set aside.
  3. In a pan add some Olive oil and add minced garlic to the pan and give it a toss.
  4. Add Chicken and cook till it has turned white from pink.
  5. Season with Salt and Black pepper. Turn the flame off when it’s cooked.
  6. Add the Basil Pesto to the Boiled pasta and also add the chopped sundried tomatoes.
  7. Toss them together using a set of forks.
  8. Transfer to a serving platter and drizzle some Lemon juice on it. Serve it hot or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. The vegetarians can replace the Chicken with Mushrooms.
Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pods
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