All that you will need are chicken breast, pasta, and pesto to prepare this delicious meal in less than thirty minutes. I use frozen pesto from my summer stash but store bought works just fine. Properly wrapped, frozen pesto will keep all winter long. In fact, I usually have enough on hand to carry me through to spring. Surprisingly it keeps all its fresh summery flavour and vibrant green colour thereby; dispelling the notion that it should only be kept frozen for a month or two month. Try adding finely chopped pine nuts to the pesto for a nutty richer flavour. For those of you up for an easy challenge, I'm including my recipe for pesto from an earlier post.
Prepared spoonfuls for freezing.
4 cups basil leaves (washed and dried)
1 cup fresh Italian parsley
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano grated cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a food processor chop the garlic. Add the basil, parsley, grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pulsate. Slowly add the oil in a constant stream while the food processor is still on, until finely chopped. Makes 1 cup. To freeze, place 6 spoonfuls on a tray which has been lined with parchment paper. Once frozen, wrap individually and transfer to freezer bags. Will keep for several months.
Pesto Chicken and Pasta with Broccoli
Step 1: Smear a generous amount of pesto on the chicken breast and drizzle some extra virgin oil on top
Step 2: Place it on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in a 375º F oven. Roast until done (about 20 minutes or more, depending on the size of the chicken breast).
Step 3:While the chicken breast is roasting, boil some water and cook your favorite pasta .During the last few minutes, drop in some broccoli florets. Before draining the pasta and broccoli, reserve some of the water.
Step 4: Drain the pasta and broccoli.
Step 5:Toss in the pesto and add a small amount as needed of the reserved water.
Step6: Plate the pasta with sliced pesto chicken breast on top.
Step7:Grate some Reggianno Parmigiano cheese and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve.