Friday, June 22, 2012

Quick Pesto Pasta

I felt like making pesto pasts for dinner last week.  However I didn't have a specific recipe in mind and I hadn't gone grocery shopping.  I just used what I had in my fridge and freezer.  It turned out really yummy, easy, and quick.  The perfect summer-time meal.   I used Pioneer Woman's Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce recipe for inspiration. 
  
Quick Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Veggies

1.  Boil Pasta --   (I used a combo of whole wheat penne, Ronzoni smart penne, and mini bowties)

2.  Chicken -- I grilled up some sliced chicken that I'd frozen in caesar dressing).  It was really flavorful, since it had been soaking up the dressing for a while)


3.  Pesto Sauce -- Melt 2 T. butter in sauce pan.  Add a splash (1/4 c. or so) of cream, half and half, or evaporated milk (I used evap. milk).  Add a spoonful or two of jarred pesto. Pour sauce over pasta.  Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. 
4.  Stirfry, boil or grill your favorite veggies.  I had green beans and carrots on hand.



5.  Enjoy!
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