Pesto Chicken Penne Recipe

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A convenient pesto sauce mix provides the pleasant basil flavor in this simple chicken and pasta combination from Beth Martin Sine of Faulkner, Maryland. This entree requires little effort, yet seems elegant.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces penne or any medium pasta
  • 1 envelope pesto sauce mix
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, whisk the pesto mix, milk and oil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken; heat through. Drain pasta. Add to the sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Chicken Penne in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p36

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"My family loved this. I see it becoming a norm at my house"

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"This was a favorite years ago when it appeared in my Quick Cooking magazine. I make it often. It is so easy and quick! Serve it with a salad and bread and it's a great meal!"

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Really good! Easy."

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"Family favorite - especially of the teenagers. We have it twice monthly and double the recipe."

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