This pesto chicken and sundried tomato pasta is one of my favorites. I basically take a massive pile of angel hair noodles, mix it with homemade pesto, lightly seasoned chicken breast, sundried tomatoes, and pine nuts, and pile it on top of a giant mound of fresh spinach. Easy peasy! Plus, it makes me feel healthy while eating a massive amount of pasta. Genius! The pesto can be made in advance, but don’t freeze it with the Parmesan. Just add that part after the pesto defrosts. The recipe serves 4 large helping, so feel free to alter it as needed. Enough chatter, let’s get to the good stuff:
For the Pesto:
2 Cups packed fresh basil leaves. No stems.
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons toasted Pine Nuts
2 Teaspoons minced garlic- I get mine from a jar, but feel free to use the 2 cloves instead
1-2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Pinch of Sea Salt to taste
For Everything Else:
1 lb Chicken Breast rubbed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper
8-10 oz Angel Hair Pasta
3 Tablespoons toasted Pine Nuts
1/2 Cup Sundried Tomatoes in oil, drained
3 Cups loosely packed fresh Spinach leaves
2 Tablespoons Feta Cheese
This is the Order I Suggest You Prepare the Ingredients:
Preheat the oven to 350 and rub chicken with Olive oil then season with Salt, Pepper, and Crushed Red Pepper. Bake until cooked through, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, Add 3 cups of water to a saucepan, add a tablespoon of salt, and bring to a rolling boil. Add 8-10oz of Angel Hair Pasta, which is usually half a pack or a little more.
While the chicken is baking add all of your pesto ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
As long as you time everything just perfectly (because my highly detailed instructions are meant to set you up for total success) there is very good chance your chicken will be cooked through just as your pasta is al dente. So if this magic happened, WOOHOO!!! Just kidding, there’s like no chance.
You’re probably going to have to wait a bit for the chicken to cook through, so I suggest grabbing a glass of wine right now. If it were up to me, I’d definitely choose a Pinot Grigio or one of those cans of Sophia sparkling wine cans that comes with a straw!❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Moving on…Once the chicken is cooked through, slice it into 1/2 inch pieces. Add the chicken, sundried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and pesto to the angel hair pasta and combine well.
Layer spinach on the bottom of a large shallow bowl. Pour pasta mixture over the spinach and garnish with feta cheese.
Now Eat. It . All!!!
I hope you guys make this and LOVE it as much as me and the fam! Let me know!!
All the best,