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Pesto Pasta With Chicken

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Growing basil in Texas is a beautiful experience. While most of our gardening efforts have been destroyed by birds and pests, the basil continues to produce . . . and then produce some more. Our only problem with basil around here is what to do with it all!


  • 12 oz brown rice pasta
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast (baked and diced small)
  • 4 cups fresh basil (packed leaves)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (plus extra to sprinkle over pasta)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts (or half pine nuts and half chopped walnuts – soaked to reduce phytates if possible)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)


  1. Boil water, add pasta and cook until tender.
  2. For the pesto: In a food processor, combine basil and nuts and pulse a few times.
  3. Add garlic and pulse a few more times.
  4. Slowly add all the olive oil while food processor is on.
  5. Add cheese and pulse until well-combined
  6. Put it all together: Toss pasta, pesto and chicken together in a large bowl.
  7. Add more olive oil if desired.
  8. Transfer to serving plates and sprinkle with parmesan.
  9. Enjoy!

CUISINE: Italian
COURSE: Entrée

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2 Responses to Pesto Pasta With Chicken

  1. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    Your dish looks delicious – and the idea of all that lovely fresh basil is making my mouth water!

  2. Heather says:

    Thanks for stopping by, April! If you happen to try it I’d love to know what you think!

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