March 12th, 2012

Pasta with Chicken and Pesto

Pasta with Chicken and Pesto



My sister Linda came up with this recipe about 15 years ago, and my family absolutely loves it. The only problem is that when Linda was telling me how to make it, she just named the ingredients and didn’t give me any quantities at all. So that’s how I’ve been making it for the last 15 years. I would just toss a bunch of the ingredients into the blender, turn it on, and believe it or not, it came out great every single time. But when I planned on sharing this recipe on the blog, I knew I had to have precise measurements, so I wrote them down as I photographed each step.


As long as I’m blogging about my sister’s recipe, I wanted to share some photos of a project that she helped me with a few years ago. Shortly after we bought our current house, my husband and I decided to use one of the extra rooms in the basement to build a model railroad set, complete with buildings, roads, scenery, etc. Linda was excited about our project and volunteered to help me build it. She even took a week off of work and flew up here to Utah. We worked on it from morning until night the whole time she was here. At the end of the week, we were surprised at how well it turned out considering the fact that neither one of us had ever done anything like this before. Here is one of the close-up shots of the train table.

Train Set
To see more pictures of the table and photos of the work in progress, you can check it out here:  Train Table. Or if you would rather make this delicious pasta dish, here is what you’ll need:  chicken breasts, fresh basil, fresh oregano, fresh parsley, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, olive oil, cream, milk, linguine, and some salt and pepper.


Cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces and saute in 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan until cooked through. Set aside. Meanwhile, wash the herbs and remove as many of the stems as possible. Mince the garlic. Grate the Parmesan cheese. Begin cooking the linguine according to package directions.

In a blender or food processor, combine the following ingredients in batches and process until smooth, making sure that some of the liquid is included in each batch: basil, oregano, parsley, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, olive oil, cream, and milk. As you finish processing each batch, add it to the chicken in the saucepan.

Stir in the salt and pepper. Heat through and serve over linguine. If desired, you can top individual servings with more pine nuts and grated Parmesan cheese.

Pasta with Chicken and Pesto
Posted under Italian, Main Dishes

4 Responses to “Pasta with Chicken and Pesto”

  1. I just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying Winner Dinners! I made the Lemon Cake with Raspberry Sauce for my birthday and it was fabulous! Recently, I made the Taco Soup and it was a huge hit! I shared some (reluctantly because I wanted it all for myself) with my son and his wife and they loved it too! I’m planning to make it again very soon. Tonight I’m going to try your latest addition, Pasta with Chicken and Pesto. Yum! I’m always happy when there’s a new email from Winner Dinners! I love your witty, clever blogs with each recipe as well as the beautiful pictures. Thanks for creating such a wonderful website! Keep up the good work!

  2. Rosemary, I’m so glad that you are enjoying my recipes. I love to get comments from people who are trying them. I’m sure you will love this pasta dish. It’s one of my favorites.

  3. This looks amazing! I love pesto and I LOVE pine nuts. Also – that train table is too cool. :)

  4. Thanks, Ashley! I’m glad you stopped by.

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