Recipe: One Pot Pesto Pasta

ONE POT PESTO PASTA

There's a whole host of things that make this recipe truly excellent. It's only around 15 minutes from start to finish to create the creamiest pesto pasta dish that's jam packed with veggies and flavour. So get stuck in if you're looking for a quick midweek meal with minimal washing up.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 glug olive oil
  • 100 g spinach
  • 1/2 bunch basil
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 100 g asparagus
  • 1 handful toasted pinenuts
  • 150 g cooked chicken breast, torn up
  • 200 g spaghetti, snapped in half
  • 375 ml chicken stock
  • 125 ml whole milk
  • 50 ml double cream
  • 10 g Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Fry the Shallot and Garlic

Step 1

Fry The Shallot And Garlic

Peel and slice the shallot and peel and mince the garlic. Heat a little oil in a large saucepan and chuck in the shallot and garlic.

Add the Green Stuff

Step 2

Add The Green Stuff

Meanwhile finely chop the spinach and herbs. Cut the asparagus into 2cm stems. Fry until the shallots and garlic soften, then add the spinach, basil, parsley, asparagus and pine nuts.

Add Chicken, Pasta, Liquid

Step 3

Add Chicken, Pasta, Liquid

Throw in the chicken and spaghetti and season well with salt and pepper. Pour in the stock, milk and cream. Bring the liquid to a boil, stir, then cover and reduce to a simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is cooked.

Finish and Serve

Step 4

Finish And Serve

When the liquid has been absorbed and what's left is a creamy sauce, grate in the Parmesan and season to taste. Serve with extra herbs, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and of course, more Parmesan. serves 2

Comments

annalesemarie

I cooked my chicken in the pot first, and it turned out great! Benefited from all of the stuff that sticks to the bottom of the pan, and had time between steps for the chicken to cool and shred. I forgot to toast my pine nuts before adding them in...they still tasted fine, but I'll have to remember to toast them next time. I'll probably add more basil and asparagus next time as well.

elise27

It's not 'one pot' if I first have to cook that chicken though :/

roneklint

Made this today. Entire family loved it! Even my 2yo ate the pasta!

stevocambo

Replaced chicken with smoked salmon

noonegoeshungary

This was delicious I added frozen peas to the pot as well. If the pasta isn't cooked at the end of the time turn the heat off and leave the left over heat to cook the pasta, I left it on the heat and the pasta clumped - but it was beautiful all the same!

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