Chicken and Basil Pesto

 

Chicken Basil PestoMunch

Everyone loves a simple pasta dish and what could be more easier than making your own Pesto. I used Orgran Gluten Free Multigrain Quinoa Penne. It really holds it’s spring and shape unlike most other Penne available in supermarkets. I sourced my Recipe from Italian Cooking, The definitive encyclopaedia of fabulous Italian food. I came across this book in a sale years ago. I didn’t add the cheese as it suggested though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 4

Pesto

  • 1 large bunch of fresh basil (leaves removed, about 80 gm with stalks)
  • 90 mL of EVO
  • 4 Tbs Pine nuts
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Pasta

  • Penne Pasta or your favourite shape  pasta (I won’t begrudge you if you prefer spirals)
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • 2 chopped chicken breast

Garnish

  • A small handful of torn basil leaves
  • Grated Parmesan to garnish

Boil of Pot of Water and add Pasta. Cook until Al Dente. Reserve a little of the pasta water for later.

Meanwhile…

In a blender add the Basil leaves, EVO, Pine nuts and salt and pepper process until smooth. Only takes about two minutes to make the pesto.

In a medium saucepan saute the onion until translucent, then add two tsps of your fresh pesto and heat through. Finally, the chicken breast, cook this on a medium heat until ready.

Toss the Pasta, and Basil Pesto Chicken mix together in a large bowl with a pair of tongs to make things easier on yourself. Add another teaspoon of pesto per person and coat the Pasta. If your pasta is still a little dry, use a little of the starchy water to help glisten the dish. Add the extra torn basil leaves. Check the seasoning and add a little more salt/pepper/pesto if needed.

Plate up and garnish with Parmesan Cheese. 

Handy Hint: My friend Carly’s Mum likes to freeze the remaining fresh Pesto in ice-cube trays for later use. Pesto makes a great base for Pizzas or use it on your Toast like I do when you make a Breakfast Bruschetta.

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