This Chicken Pesto Penne Pasta dish is much healthier than the average creamy pasta dish and it's packed full of fresh ingredients including grape tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. It's quick and easy to prepare and makes for the perfect leftovers!
A delicious pasta dish is always a winner in my household. They are fairly simple to pull together, the entire family will most likely go in for seconds, and they make great leftovers for the next day's lunch. Pasta always goes a long way.
However, because pasta tends to be a heavier dish, I try to find ways to incorporate a few alternatives like whole wheat or whole grain pasta and lots of fresh ingredients. This pasta is combined with fresh grape tomatoes, mushrooms, and leaf spinach --- you won't find any canned vegetables here.
Funny memory: Popeye was one of my favorite cartoons growing up and the whole "gives you strength" ploy still resonates with me today. 🙂
This pasta dish is a bit healthier than the average creamy pasta dish since the sauce I incorporate is much lighter. So feel free to enjoy to your heart's content - don't be bashful!
For the chicken, I opt for an organic version to use in my recipes (if I can get it from my local grocer). It's free of pesticides and antibiotics which makes it a whole lot better for you.
And for the sauce, I combine heavy whipping cream along with chicken broth and white wine. This helps to reduce the sauce down to a wonderfully light and silky texture, and the shaved Parmesan cheese adds a nice touch.
I'm certain you will thoroughly enjoy this Chicken Pesto Penne dish.
Here are a few more pasta recipes you might enjoy:
- Creamy Chicken Roasted Poblano Pasta
- Gluten-Free Chicken Gouda Penne Pasta
- Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff
- Meatball and Mushroom Pasta
- Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta