Last night for dinner I made Pesto Pasta with chicken. I used gluten free penne pasta and the pesto sauce was homemade. In addition to being homemade, it was home grown. I used the basil from my basil plant.
1 1/2 cups basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove minced
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 teaspoon parmesan cheese
Wash the basil leaves and put them in a food processor or blender.
Add the garlic, pine nuts and parmesan. Place the lid on – turn on the food processor and slowly drizzle in the olive oil. You may need more or less oil depending on the consistency you like.
When thoroughly combined, your pesto should look like this:
Once your pasta is cooked, drain it well and toss in the pesto sauce. The pasta is warm so no need to heat up the pesto sauce – it will adhere nicely to the pasta. You can add a few more pine nuts, which is what I did and more parmesan if you like.
The dish is fine to enjoy as is, or you can add chicken. I sliced up a few chicken breasts, topped with Italian seasoning and sautéed them in a fry pan. When dinner was served, we added as much chicken as we wanted to our pasta.
Very easy and quick dinner idea! Enjoy!!