Sunday, September 23, 2007

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Trader Joe's has the cheapest fresh basil and alreadytoasted pine nuts! I love this recipe. The amount ofbroccoli is up to you, I just buy a fresh head, chopit, dunk it in boiling water and toss it in. Chicken Pesto Pasta
Boil 1 lb. pasta (like penne)- Boil on medium low
In a separate pot boil 1.5 lbs of chicken until tender. Shred chicken.

Combine 4 T cream cheese and 2 c chicken broth in a saucepan on low for 7-10 minutes, or until melted together.

In a blender or food processor combine 3 cloves of garlic, 2 cups fresh basil, 6 T grated parmesan, 4 T extra virgin olive oil, 4 T pine nuts, 1 tsp. salt.

Add extra oil if it is way too clumpy or cheese if it is too runny like water.

Blanch chopped broccoli in boiling water for a minute or so.

Toss pasta with cream cheese sauce, pesto, cooked chicken and broccoli.

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