Spence's Pesto Chicken Pasta

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This is a great recipe that my boyfriend put together on a Sunday evening after a bike ride. You can't go wrong with all of the flavors in this dish!

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ pound linguine pasta

  • 1 (8 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into small pieces

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 6 whole garlic cloves

  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, halved

  • 6 ounces roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

  • 1 (7.5 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and quartered

  • 3 ounces fresh spinach leaves

  • ¼ cup prepared basil pesto, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided (Optional)

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the linguine, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

  2. While the pasta is boiling, sprinkle the chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken pieces until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the garlic cloves, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the mushrooms begin to give off their juices, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the spinach, and simmer just until the leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes.

  3. Transfer the cooked linguine into a bowl, and toss with the basil pesto. Divide the pasta between 2 plates, and serve topped with the chicken mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each plate to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

512 Calories
23g Fat
54g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 512
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 540mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 44mg 221%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 448mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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