Pesto Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken Recipe

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Brad Williams Modified: March 21, 2022
Pesto Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken Recipe

Pesto Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken

This pesto spaghetti is tossed with homemade pesto made of basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan. Grilled chicken and cherry tomatoes complete this Italian dish.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1lbchicken breasts,boneless, skinless, grilled
  • 10ozdry spaghetti
  • 12ozgrape tomatoes,or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 7tbspolive oil,divided
  • 1cupfresh basil,packed
  • 2clovesgarlic,minced
  • 2tbsppine nuts
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • cupParmesan cheese,finely shredded, plus more for serving
  • red pepper flakes,for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Prepare pasta in a pot of salted water according to directions listed on the package, reserving ¼ cup of the water before draining.

  3. Toss tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and spread tomatoes into an even layer on the baking dish. Roast in preheated oven for 10 to15 minutes until soft.

  5. In a food processor, pulse together basil, garlic, and pine nuts until minced. With the processor running, slowly pour in 6 tablespoons of olive oil in a slow stream.

  6. Pulse until finely minced and well blended. Add in parmesan cheese, season with salt and pepper (about ¼ teaspoon of each), and process for about 1 minute longer.

  7. Toss drained pasta with pesto and a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water as needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Top with chicken and cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with Parmesan and optional red pepper flakes to taste.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 612.09kcal
  • Fat: 33.21g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.00g
  • Trans Fat: 0.10g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 18.76g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.38g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.76g
  • Fiber: 3.05g
  • Sugar: 3.54g
  • Protein: 31.22g
  • Cholesterol: 64.80mg
  • Sodium: 591.62mg
  • Calcium: 161.08mg
  • Potassium: 545.90mg
  • Iron: 2.22mg
  • Vitamin A: 83.78µg
  • Vitamin C: 10.59mg
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