A deliciously creamy pasta dish that doesn't use any cream. The vegetable broth mixed with fresh pesto makes a very flavorful sauce. You can use real chicken but you should try the Quorn® stuff -- it's really good.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
25 mins
35 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place the vegetable broth into a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta, and boil over medium-low heat until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta, and reserve broth.

  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and stir in half the spring onions; cook and stir until the onions begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes, then add the vegetarian chicken-style pieces. Cook until vegetarian pieces are browned, about 3 minutes per side, then stir in remaining onion and green peas. Pour 1/2 cup of reserved vegetable broth into the skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil, cook for 1 to 2 minutes to cook the peas, and stir in the pasta and pesto sauce. Mix in an additional 1/2 cup of broth to form a creamy sauce.

Cook's Notes

To make homemade pesto sauce, combine 3 cups chopped fresh basil, 1/2 cup baby spinach, 5 cloves of garlic, minced, 1/2 cup of pine nuts, and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor. Slowly add 1/2 cup olive oil while blending. Continue blending until desired consistency is reached; add fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

417 calories; protein 23.2g 46% DV; carbohydrates 59.1g 19% DV; fat 11.5g 18% DV; cholesterol 11.4mg 4% DV; sodium 740.9mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
I leave out the meat substitute and often have this as a side dish with a meal. My girls are especially fond of peas and love helping with this quick recipe. I've even added roasted Brussels sprouts to it just because we had them it was great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super awesome! Made my kitchen smell like Olive Garden. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good as is. I made with regular chicken broth and real chicken but you need to use low sodium broth as it will be way too salty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and easy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is really good and easy to make. I'll definitely be making it again whenever I am in a pasta mood. The ingredient amounts are good but I added some extra pesto when it was all said and done because I love the stuff. The Quorn is a good substitute but I still try not to eat it very often since it was created in a lab and I really don't know exactly what its made of (Google it for more info). If you're not used to vegetarian type substitutes like Quorn make sure you cook it long enough. Make sure it's browned. Most things like this taste better when you cook it fully or slightly over-cook it which is why I am guessing someone gave this a 1 star. My non-vegetarian friend loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved it! I did change the chicken to organic chicken breast in a can and used egg noodles...same great taste the fam has already requested for me to make it again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Made 1/2 recipe. I would give it five stars if I followed the recipe. I used Brown rice pasta four ice cubes of frozen home made pesto. Added chopped sweet peppers for color garlic and salt. Left out the chicken and used it as a delightful side to BBQ steak.Topped with Romano Mozzarella cheese. Will be making again for sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I didn't have green onions so I subbed sweet. Didn't have shells so I subbed linguini. Can't have dairy so I subbed oil for butter and I made a homemade pesto with just basil and parsley with a bit of water in my blender. To make it go faster and use fewer pans I browned the onions and Quorn and then added broth pesto peas and pasta. Then covered until pasta was soft uncovered until water was pretty much gone. It was really good. My 7yo was just 'eh' about the Quorn but she ate one serving anyway and then got more peas and pasta my 4yo loved all of it (and he is the picky one) my 11 month old only dropped some pasta on the ground but ate all the peas and Quorn. I think the would be really good with the parmesan. Will defiantly add this to our meal rotation. Read More