Saturday, June 25, 2011

Spence's Pesto Chicken Pasta

Somehow I forgot the roasted red peppers and the 8 oz. of fresh spinach leaves that I KNOW I PUT IN THE CART, did not make it home.  So I had to make my own "Roasted Red Peppers", that is Tomatoes, I didn't have red peppers, but I did have red tomatoes...

Moving on...
1 pound of linguine pasta
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut in small pieces
(salt and pepper to taste)
3Tbs of olive oil
6 whole garlic cloves (next time I chopping it)
4 oz of mushroom, halved
6 oz of roasted red peppers,drained and chopped
3 oz of fresh spinach leaves (where did you go?)
Parmesan cheese to taste







  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the linguine, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, sprinkle the chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken pieces until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the garlic cloves, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the mushrooms begin to give off their juices, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the spinach, and simmer just until the leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cooked linguine into a bowl, and toss with the basil pesto. Divide the pasta between 2 plates, and serve topped with the chicken mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each plate to serve. 

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