Get dinner on the table with this Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta. It’s full of flavor and makes great leftovers for lunch.
How is everyone’s summer going so far? I have been so busy and a little MIA here. Sorry. With my oldest son graduating from high school and all the other regular, end of the school year activities, May and June seemed to fly by. We also did some traveling to the east coast where my son will be attending college. It still hasn’t totally hit me that in seven short weeks we will be moving him into the dorms and leaving him three thousand miles away. While I am excited for him, I would be lying if I said this wasn’t a very bittersweet moment in parenting. Sigh.
With everything going on and the heat of summer finally settling into Oregon, easy meals are the answer to “what should I eat for dinner“. This Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta checks all the boxes when it comes to a time-saving, but still delicious meal. And because it’s red and green, this can easily make an appearance during the holiday season for anyone celebrating Christmas. The bow tie pasta also looks festive in a serving bowl.
Using already prepared pesto is the key to making this meal come to together in minutes. Pick some jarred pesto up the next time you are at the market. I keep several in my fridge for last minute meals like this one. If you happen to have basil or any herbs growing out of control this time of year, this post will teach you how to make your own pesto.
Another tip when it comes to getting this meal on the table quickly is your chicken breasts. You can either purchase thin-sliced chicken breasts or slice your boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half lengthwise. They cook much faster, so you’ll be eating much sooner, which is all we really want anyways.
A jar of roasted red peppers goes a long way when it comes to adding flavor without packing on the calories. The roasted version bears little resemblance to raw, red, bell peppers as the roasting process changes them from a firm, crunchy vegetable to a velvety, soft consistency. Roasting also brings out the pepper’s natural sweetness. I also love using roasted red peppers in my Antipasto Pasta Salad recipe. It brings so much tangy deliciousness to the dish. Basically, you can’t go wrong with them, so don’t be shy when it comes to adding them to your favorite meals.
This is also the perfect meal to take to the office for lunch! It holds up well and doesn’t dry out.
Don’t forget the crusty bread.
If you’re looking for more quick and easy summer meals, I’ve got you covered! How about these Spicy BBQ Chicken Tacos to get a jump on dinner. And these Parmesan Chicken Foil Packets are effortless summer fare. Have you ever thought about making French Dip Tortilla Roll Ups? This Spicy Easy Pad Thai is also a delicious summer meal that needs to be on your table soon.
Six years ago I made these Almond Cran-Strawberry Granola Parfaits and they are seriously so awesome for a grab and go breakfast option. Eight years ago these Pork Chops with Peach-Ginger Chutney brought in all the flavors of summer at dinnertime. It’s a must during the simmer months.
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Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta
Get dinner on the table with this Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta. It's full of flavor and makes great leftovers for lunch.
Servings: 6 people
Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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