Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Pesto Pasta with Chicken - recipe

As much as I love cooking and baking, I do have those days where I just want to cook something basic and not time consuming.  So what can be easily done, no matter what time of the day? Pesto pasta !
Once you have your pasta cooked, which really doesn't take more than 10 ich minutes, you mix it with a few table spoons of pesto. Easy as that!


Now I would say that the best pesto is home made pesto but you can of course buy a good quality ready made pesto. Will share my pesto recipe here. For a creamy version, add few table spoons of double cream or creme fraiche and let all heat up on the stove then serve.

Ingredients for pesto:
3 dl fresh basil leaves
1 dl fresh baby spinach leaves
2 cloves of garlic
1 dl pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/3 dl sesame seeds
1 dl parmesan cheese
1,5 dl olive oil
salt and white pepar to taste

Ingredients for the fried chicken:
2 chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 tsp dried parsley, smoked paprika, chicken bbq seasoning, pepper 

penne pasta, cooked according to package.

1. Easiest way to do pesto is to add all leaves, garlic, nuts and seeds in a food processor or use a mixer and mix until a fine paste. Then add the cheese, olive oil and seasoning.

2. Next, cut the chicken breast into bite size pieces n fry gently in few table spoon s of olive oil until light golden brow. Add the seasoning and mix well so that each piece is well coated.

3. Once the pasta is cooked, the pest ready and the chicken fried all u need to do is to simply assemble it! Mix the pasta with a few table spoons of pesto. For a creamier version I would add 1 table spoon of cream fraiche. Sprinkle the chicken pieces over it and enjoy a great meal.



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