Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe

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Marie
Marie January 7, 2021
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How To Make Creamy Pesto Pasta

Everyone will surely love this easy pesto pasta made with tender spaghetti combined with a homemade creamy pesto sauce and garnished with cheese and basil!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 3chicken breasts,(about 1 lb) diced into ½ inch cubes
  • ½tspdried basil,each
  • ½tspdried oregano
  • salt and pepper,to taste
  • 1tbspbutter
  • 1tbspflour
  • cupchicken broth
  • ½cupheavy cream
  • 1cuphalf and half
  • ¾cupparmesan cheese,freshly grated
  • 12ozItalia Spaghetti,(about ⅔ package) such as Sam’s Choice
  • ½cupItalia Basil Pesto,such as Sam’s Choice

For Optional Garnish:

  • basil
  • parmesan cheese
  • pine nuts

Instructions

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

  2. In a pan, heat the olive oil. Season the chicken with the dried basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.

  3. Add the chicken to the pan, and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes until no pink remains. Remove from pan and set aside.

  4. In the same pan, add the butter and flour. Stir until smooth and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, and half and half. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and allow to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

  6. Remove from the heat, and stir in the parmesan cheese and pesto.

  7. Add the cooked pasta to the pesto sauce and toss. Add additional pasta water as needed to reach desired consistency.

  8. Garnish with basil, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 677.85kcal
  • Fat: 37.19g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.52g
  • Trans Fat: 0.17g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.50g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.93g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.06g
  • Fiber: 2.49g
  • Sugar: 4.18g
  • Protein: 35.51g
  • Cholesterol: 117.69mg
  • Sodium: 616.97mg
  • Calcium: 341.98mg
  • Potassium: 431.37mg
  • Iron: 2.36mg
  • Vitamin A: 196.62µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.51mg
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