This Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Parmesan has just FOUR ingredients and ONE pan!
I am so in love with this Pesto Pasta I can’t stop from gushing about it.
It’s been firmly established that I have a serious weak spot for any recipe that is easy, fast and delicious. I think most of you have a similar love for them, too, which is why I’m so thrilled to be able to share it with you today.
The first time I made it was last week when my parents were coming for dinner. Pesto Pasta was on the menu as it was on my list to photograph for the blog, but having never made it before, I wanted to give it a test run.
My parents are always good sports about my test runs ;)
And, in this case, they had good reason to be. Not only did everyone love this Pesto Pasta but it was incredibly quick and simple to make. The girls and I had gone golfing with my dad that afternoon and when we got back we were all hungry and ready to relax; the last thing I felt like doing was cooking! This simple Pesto Pasta was the perfect recipe for a hungry family too tired to cook (and I wanted time to catch up with my folks, too).
One pan, four high-quality ingredients, delicious dinner.
Side note: Having just returned from camping, I’d definitely recommend this as a GREAT camping recipe!
Especially since I haven’t even told you the best part about the recipe!
You don’t even have to cook the noodles separately. All you have to do is add COLD WATER to the pan, stir occasionally for 7 minutes, add the chicken, cover and cook for 3 more, stir in the pesto and top with parmesan!!
I do suggest stirring the pasta more frequently as the water cooks down because a couple noodles began to stick to the side of my pan. The second time I made this I simply gave it a couple of extra stirs and no sticking at all. (Even the sticky noodles came right off with a stir so no worries if a few do end up sticking).
I’d offer you more tips if I had them but since you don’t even need to preheat your pan for this recipe, I’m pretty certain you don’t need them!
I suggest you stock up on the ingredients you’ll need because you NEED this recipe in your life.
- 1 box no-cook spaghetti or linguine
- 1 cup pesto,, or to taste
- 12 ounces cooked chicken
- parmesan cheese,, to taste
- Pour pasta into a large skillet (approximately 12 inches in diameter). Pour 3 cups of cold water into the pan, ensuring that the water covers the pasta. Turn the burner to high, then set your timer for 7 minutes (optional: add a bit of salt to taste). Cook on high, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
- Stir in the chicken and pesto. Add parmesan cheese to taste, plus more for the table.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 198mgProtein: 15g