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
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

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. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: chicken florentine, florentine pesto pasta, pesto pasta
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 462 kcal
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
Directions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. 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.
  3. To the pan, add the onion, pepper strips and mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another minute. 
  5. Add the chicken stock or white wine and boil until reduced by half.
  6. Add spinach to pan and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes or until wilted. 
  7. Add half & half, pesto, Parmesan cheese and chicken, stir and cook until heated through.
  8. Pour over pasta, toss to coat, and serve immediately with additional grated Parmesan cheese on the side.
Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Florentine Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 446mg19%
Potassium 643mg18%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 4115IU82%
Vitamin C 30.3mg37%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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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

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