Recipe: 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.


  • 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



This is fabulous. I didn’t have asparagus in the house so I made it with broccoli and cauliflower florets. I also added a leek in with the shallot for some extra onion flavor. We’re vegetarians, so I skipped the chicken. Everyone loved it! I’m looking forward to trying it out with other veggie combos. This will be in our regular rotation.


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.


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


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


Replaced chicken with smoked salmon

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