Garlic Scape Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Thursday, June 25, 2015 0 0

We’ve had the most amazing June in Vancouver  – two days of rain and all the rest sun, sun, sun. No June gloom here! It’s another amazing day today, perfect for eating dinner outside. There’s nothing I love more than eating dinner on our little deck off our kitchen. It looks something like this:

Eating dinner al fresco on our patio

{ Note my flourishing dahlia flower experiment! My first time growing flowers rather than just veggies. }
There’s also nothing I hate more in summer than slaving over a hot stove for an hour to get dinner ready. This pasta recipe is  cooked on the stove top, but comes together so quickly, and in all of 15 minutes, dinner is ready.

I recently made a batch of Garlic Scape Basil Pesto, and tossed it with one of our favourite pasta recipes, which I blogged about a year ago: Creamy Chicken Penne with Sundried Tomatoes, Pesto, and Goat Cheese. (Long title, much?!) I decided it was about time I updated those photos and here I’ve slightly updated the recipe using the Garlic Scape Pesto instead of regular pesto, and adding artichokes. The creaminess comes from the goat cheese that is stirred in at the end with the noodles. 

I promise Garlic Scape Pesto Pasta with Chicken will become a staple in your house.

Happy weekend!

Garlic Scape Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Garlic Scape Pesto Pasta with Chicken
Yields 4
A quick pasta to throw together that won't leave you slaving over a hot stove. Find garlic scapes at your local farmer's market in early summer. Or just substitute an all-basil pesto instead.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 chicken breast, chopped
  3. 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
  4. 1/4 cup jarred artichokes, chopped
  5. 2 tablespoons garlic scape basil pesto (see link below) or regular basil pesto
  6. 1/2 cup cream
  7. 1/4 cup soft goat cheese
  8. 4 cups penne pasta
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta. While it is cooking...
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add chicken and saute until fully cooked.
  3. Add the sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and pesto and cook about 2 minutes. Lower heat and then slowly add the cream.
  4. Remove pan from heat. Add cooked, drained pasta and goat cheese, and stir until melted and creamy.
  5. Serve!
Notes
  1. Garlic Scape Basil Pesto: http://thelovely.org/2015/06/garlic-scape-basil-pesto/
the lovely kitchen http://www.thelovelykitchen.org/

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