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Chicken Pesto Pasta recipe

This Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe is so delicious.  It's a chicken pesto pasta bake made from homemade Alfredo sauce and adapted to make a creamy Pesto Alfredo sauce. It's mixed with grilled chicken, your favorite noodles and just the right amount of cheese for a perfect pasta bake.  
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
cooling time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 830kcal

Ingredients

Homemade Pesto Recipe (makes about 3/4 cup Pesto but you only need a few tablespoons for the recipe)

  • 1 large bunch Basil about 2 cups
  • 4 large Garlic Cloves Peeled
  • 3 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
  • 2 ounces Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil

Homemade Pesto Alfredo Recipe

  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 Cups Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

The Rest of the Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Pesto Prepared
  • 18 oz. Pasta Cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 1/2 cup Mozzerella Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cups Chicken Cooked, grilled, rotisserie chicken

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 by 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray

How To Make homemade Pesto Sauce

  • Wash the basil and use a dry paper towel to pat dry any moisture. 
  • Add the basil to a blender with the garlic cloves, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and salt. pulse 5-6 times.  
  • Turn the blender on medium speed and slowly drizzle in the olive oil.  This process should take about 30 seconds, don't dump it in.  You want the basil to pull away from the sides of the blender and turn into a smooth pesto sauce. You can store pesto in a covered container in the fridge for up to a few weeks.  

How to make Homemade Pesto Alfredo Sauce

  • In a large saucepan, combine the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, and garlic powder.  Bring to a heavy boil.  Add the parmesan cheese and stir until the parmesean cheese is melted and the Alfredo sauce is smooth--about 1 min.
  • Add 3 Tablespoons of prepared pesto and stir until combined. 

How to assemble the Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake

  • Cook the noodles according to package instructions.  Strain the water from the pasta and then add to the Alfredo sauce, add chicken and stir until all the noodles are covered. 
  • Pour the chicken and noodles into a 9 by 13" pan, greased with non-stick cooking spray. Add about 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese and stir it in slightly.  Add the remaining parmesan cheese (1/2 cup) and the remaining mozzarella cheese (1 cup) to the top of the pasta.  Drizzle a couple tablespoons of pest on top of the pasta (if desired) and Bake on 350 for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden and bubbly.  
  • Take the pasta bake out of the oven and garnish with chopped parsley (if desired)  Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 830kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 807mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 553mg | Iron: 1.7mg