The sauce for this absurdly simple Chicken and Mushroom Pesto Pasta comes together in the time it takes to cook the pasta, and can be easily made as a vegetarian version if preferred. Dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes.
You may think, from the lack of pasta recipes in my recipe index, that pasta rarely features on our dinner table. In reality though, pasta appears on my menu plan almost every week, and The Princess would eat it every night if she could. Pasta is her most requested meal, even if it is 40C outside and far to hot to boil water. I swear she was an Italian in a past life. In an effort to correct this recipe shortfall, I’m offering up this quick and easy Chicken and Mushroom Pesto Pasta.
This month’s Recipe Redux theme is for healthy, no-brainer dishes made using seven ingredients or less. My Chicken and Mushroom Pesto Pasta fits that bill perfectly. With a few staples on hand, namely pesto and garlic mushrooms, the sauce can be cooked in the time it takes to boil the pasta.
When basil is in season I like to make larges batches of pesto, which I divide into meal sized portions and stash in the freezer. At its simplest, this pesto can be stirred through cooked pasta for a super quick dinner. However, if making pesto is not your thing, find a good commercial brand and keep it in your pantry. You will thank me later, I promise.
Why stop at a modest pesto pasta though. It only takes minutes to saute some chicken and mushrooms, which will further bulk out a pasta dish. And with a batch of Garlic Mushrooms in the freezer, dinner takes even less effort. Looking for a vegetarian version? Skip the chicken and drop some green beans in with the pasta for the last few minutes of the cooking time.
Whilst I prefer to make this Chicken and Mushroom Pesto Pasta with basil pesto, I have also previously made it with Spicy Kale Pesto or spinach pesto when my basil crop has been sparse. Let your imagination (or what’s available on the supermarket shelf) be your guide. Enjoy!
Looking for other simple meal ideas? Look no further than these 7-ingredients-or-less meals from other Recipe Redux members.