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Friday, March 13, 2009

Chicken Pesto

I know what you're thinking, "She's done a lot of food posts lately!" I know! I'm sorry! It's just all I can think about posting on lately. We've been pretty busy with different things going on and I haven't been very creative about my posts.
I do hope you enjoy these scrumptious recipes anyhow!

Today I wanted to share one of my hubby's favorite meals.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Pesto is probably one of his, if not the favorite sauce to put on pasta. I love it too.

Plus, it's so easy to make!

Here's what I use for the meal. Pasta of your choice (I used fettuccine this time but I use all different types.), cooked chicken, homemade pesto, and freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.

I use the recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook to make the pesto.
Here's how simple it is:

2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts

1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor.
2. Cover and blend on medium speed about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape sides, until smooth.

One important tip to remember: Do NOT heat up the pesto. Serve it at room temperature. If you heat it up, the oil will separate from the rest of the ingredients and it won't be the best. So, when your pasta is finished cooking just mix the pesto (room temperature) into the pasta.

Another thing I do (because we like pesto so much), is make a double or triple batch and freeze the pesto. It should keep for a couple months. Then, just place it in the fridge a few days before you want to use it.

We also enjoy pesto as a spread for sandwiches, substituted for mayo or mustard. Oh and I used the leftover chicken from the Roasted Chicken that I made. It was so nice to have it already cooked. It made this easy to prepare dinner, even easier!

I hope you've had a wonderful week and that you enjoy your weekend! Mackenzie and I have started going on walks after dinner. It has been so nice to get out of the house and have that quiet time together...and to help burn off some of those calories we just ate!

12 sweet comments:

Gail said...

I love your cooking posts! I am impressed with your cooking skills. I have been married 22 years and it took me A LOT longer to learn to cook and make anything close to what you prepare - I think as a newlywed- we ate PB&J's a lot- ha! I am going to try your pesto recipe- it looks eay and delish.

Have a great weekend Brittany!


Librarian or Teacher said...

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Sarah said...

Looks good and I love the sign of spring in your beautiful budding flowers.

Barb said...

We love pesto also,and I make it with pasta and chicken alot also.Hope you have a great weekend....Barb

momma said...

like everyone else, i like recipe posts. we've never tried pesto. maybe i'll give it a go. this recipe looks easy enough!

Faye said...

recipe,looks yummy!enjoy your blog.have a blessed evening!

Where My Treasure Is said...

mmm...my stomach is growling! I guess I didn't realize how easy pesto is to make! I will definitely be trying out your recipe!

Tanya from Miller Racing Family said...

I have never tried pesto but it sure sounds easy and sounds like the boys would like it. We are also so happy spring is around the corner because we are sick of walking on the treadmill! Have a great weekend.

Charree said...

Pesto pasta is one of my favorite things to make. It is so quick and easy and it tastes sooo good. Sometimes I splurge on the "fresh"/non-dried pasta and that makes it extra tasty.

Kelly said...

Yummy! I love pesto, and this dish looks super delish!

Hope you and Mackenzie are enjoying a wonderful weekend, Brittany!

AndreaLeigh said...

that sounds delicious! thanks for sharing. i've got this bookmarked for later!

Bonita said...

Sounds yummy! I'll have to try it. Everywhere I turn these days I'm seeing something about pesto. I think God's trying to tell me something!

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