Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce and Chicken

The wonderful Pioneer Woman posted this recipe awhile back. It made me swoon. I love simple pasta dishes. I whipped up a batch using the Pesto I made yesterday.

I also cooked some chicken and added on top. It made a perfect dinner.

What you need,

¾ cup of pesto
½ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp butter
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
12 oz of pasta, whatever shape you like!
2 whole tomatoes, diced
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until el dente.
Heat the cream and butter in a sauce pan over medium- low heat until hot but not boiling. Add in the pesto and stir until combined.  Drain the pasta and place in a large serving bowl pour the hot sauce over the pasta and stir to combine. Toss in the chopped tomatoes and top with Parmesan cheese.

I cooked my chicken in the oven while I was making the sauce. I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and lined a baking sheet with tin foil. I rubbed the chicken breasts with a little olive oil and rubbed them with a very easy spice rub. Then I baked them for 25-30 minutes until they were cooked through. I have been cooking my chicken like this for the last while and I love it. It is flavourful and it gets a little brown and crispy and stays moist in the centre. You can cool it and use it later or I just cut it up warm and tossed it on top of the pasta! YUM!

For the spice rub I use,
½ tsp of course salt
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp season salt
You can use any spices you like, if you like a little spice add in some cyan pepper, if you want a more Mexican flavour use a little cumin, some oregano would be great too!

I am a carboholic! I wouldn’t survive the Atkins diet. I loves me my pasta!


recipe from The Pioneer Woman


  1. Oh My! This looks amazing!~I;m always looking for something new to pair with a grilled chicken breast and this will be perfect! I can see it now! I can taste the yummieness!! Thanks for sharing it with us all!!

  2. Cavatappi noodles make me grin. Is that weird? Your meal looks delicious.

  3. oh jen this look delicious! I love pioneer woman and everything she makes. Carboholics are the best!