Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomato Pesto Pasta

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Thoughts prior to cooking:

This was a re-imagining of the Pasta with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, and Pesto recipe from Knit. Purl. Die.

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Ingredients:

Pesto:

  • 2 cups of basil leaves, packed
  • 3 to 4 Garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Pasta:

  • 1 lb of pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Large bunch (1 lb or more) of asparagus
  • 2 Chicken breasts, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 Cup of Cherry tomatoes
  • Pesto sauce
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions:

  1. Start with pesto sauce. Remove basil leaves from stems.
  2. Wash leaves and dry them on paper towels. (Make sure the leaves are dry or the recipe will not work.)
  3. In a blender or food processor, mix leaves with chopped garlic, 1/3 cup of olive oil and blend.
  4. Add nuts and cheese, mix again, adding another 1/3 cup of oil. Sauce should be smooth.
  5. Refrigerate until needed.
  6. Heat oven to 425°.
  7. Cook pasta to package directions. Set aside.
  8. Wash asparagus and trim ends about 2-3 inches.
  9. Set them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil and shake pan to coat spears. Bake in oven 7-10 mins.
  10. Let it cool and cut into pieces.
  11. While asparagus is cooking, in a large heavy pan, large enough to hold the pasta, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  12. Place chicken in the heated oil. When cooked, remove and set aside.
  13. Add two more tablespoons of oil to pan and heat. Add onion and garlic.
  14. Cook onion until clear and soft. Add asparagus, toss lightly. Lower heat so vegetables don’t overcook.
  15. Cut cherry tomatoes in halves and add to mixture.
  16. Add chicken.
  17. Add cooked pasta.
  18. Add the pesto sauce and turn.
  19. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

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Chicken Asparagus and Tomato Pesto Pasta

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Thoughts after cooking:

This was absolutely delicious and way better then the recipe from the book. I could eat this and eat it until I explode.

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For more pasta recipes, go to Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken

For more recipes, go to With the 4th of July Comes Apple Pie

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