Chicken Florentine Pesto Pasta

Chicken Florentine Pesto Pasta is an easy way to dress up a pasta dinner. All you need is basil pesto, your favorite pasta and some fresh vegetables. Add some chicken or not for a delicious pasta dinner in the time it takes to cook the pasta. With a few small changes this can be a delicious vegetarian meal or a gluten-free dinner. 

Florentine Pesto Pasta | 2 Cookin Mamas Chicken Florentine Pesto Pasta is an easy way to dress up a pasta dinner. All you need is basil pesto, your favorite pasta and some fresh vegetables. Add some chicken or not for a delicious pasta dinner in the time it takes to cook the pasta. With a few small changes this can be a delicious vegetarian meal or a gluten-free dinner. #pasta #pesto #chicken #dinner #easy #recipe #vegetarian #glutenfree

Florentine Pesto Pasta with Chicken

I was in the mood for some pasta last week and decided to try my hand at making a basil pesto pasta with vegetables and chicken. I also found out that it tastes just as good without chicken and can be eaten hot or cold and is still delicious. Hope you enjoy!

Chicken Florentine Pesto Pasta

Chicken Florentine Pesto Pasta is an easy way to dress up a pasta dinner. All you need is basil pesto, your favorite pasta and some fresh vegetables. Add some chicken or not for a delicious pasta dinner in the time it takes to cook the pasta. With a few small changes this can be a delicious vegetarian meal or a gluten-free dinner. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. package farfalle for gluten-free diets substitute a gluten-free pasta
  • 2 large chicken breasts about 1-1/2 lbs, cut into strips
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or white wine
  • 9 oz package fresh spinach washed & patted dry
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half & half
  • 8.1 oz jar basil pesto or check out my 5-Minute Pesto
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, salt & pepper the chicken strips. Heat oil in large skillet and cook chicken strips until cooked through and browned. Remove from pan.
  • To the pan, add the onion, pepper strips and mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another minute. 
  • Add the chicken stock or white wine and boil until reduced by half.
  • Add spinach to pan and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes or until wilted. 
  • Add half & half, pesto, Parmesan cheese and chicken, stir and cook until heated through.
  • Pour over pasta, toss to coat, and serve immediately with additional grated Parmesan cheese on the side.

Notes

Omit chicken and substitute white wine for chicken broth for a healthy vegetarian meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 643mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4115IU | Vitamin C: 30.3mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Wine Pairing: Pasta in a creamy sauce contains fat and requires an acidic wine or one with a higher level of alcohol or tannins to offset its richness. Ideal wines would be a Chardonnay, with a hint of lemon and minerality, to match the texture of the pasta, a Sauvignon Blanc, with its higher acid content, to offset the fat or opt for a Pinot Grigio or Riesling. If red is your preference, try a Bardolino or Sangiovese which pairs well with the vegetable element.

 

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