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Pesto Pasta With Chicken and Tomatoes

Pasta With "Green Sauce" the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

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Anytime I have basil on hand, I whip up a quick batch of pesto. It's so simple and keeps in the fridge for a few days. Tossed with pasta, it's a perfect weeknight meal — a healthy, sweet, and delicious variation of the typical family pasta your kids may eat. This simple pesto pasta recipe (grilled chicken totally optional but completely delicious) will have you serving up fun "green sauce" pasta in just five steps.

Keep reading for the tasty recipe!

Pesto Pasta With Chicken and Tomatoes

Notes

Basil pesto is sweet, fragrant, and so good for you. If you'd like to make it a few days ahead, place the pesto in a small container and pour a layer of olive oil over it before refrigerating. The oil acts as a sealant and helps keep the green color of the pesto. When you're ready to use it, cook and drain your pasta, put it back in the pan, and simply stir in the amount of pesto you'd like to use. Besides serving this with pasta, you can also serve it over a seared piece of chicken with a piece of
fresh mozzarella melted over the top — heavenly!

Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked rotini (corkscrew pasta)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 cups fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt

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