Dinner Tonight: Chicken Pesto Pasta

Even though it’s summer…sometimes, I still want a pasta supper.  That being said, I don’t want a complicated one or a heavy one (or one I have to slave over in a hot kitchen)…so this one is perfect.  In fact, I ate it cold out of the fridge for lunch the next day, so this technically counts as a great pasta salad lunch option too.  Even better.  But the best part…this meal is pretty much about assembling ingredients…my favorite kind of cooking on busy nights.
Shopping List
1 pound of your favorite short cut pasta
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO0
Salt and Pepper
1 red onion, chopped
1 (7 ounce) jar of store bought pesto
1 pound cooked and shredded chicken breasts (click here to see how I get my cooked chicken)
1 (7-10 ounce) jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
8 to 10 asparagus stalks, chopped
Parmesan cheese to garnish
Drop your pasta in a pot of boiling water and cook to al dente (about 8 minutes).
Meanwhile, in a big skillet over medium-high heat, saute your chopped onion in a drizzle of EVOO and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Let the onions cook about 5 minutes.
Next, stir in your pesto, cooked chicken, tomatoes, and asparagus.  Drain your pasta and add hot pasta to your skillet.  Stir to incorporate the pesto around all of the pasta and then serve.
Garnish with a little Parmesan cheese.
So simple, right?  Take some help from the grocery store and pick up a few jars of good quality pesto and sun dried tomatoes and dinner is done.  A light pasta dinner on a warm night…perfection.
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  • Adriana Contreras July 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious!! I am definitely going to have to try it! Thank you so much for sharing!


  • funfavorites July 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    This looks great, I can't wait to try it later this week.

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} July 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I love sundries tomatoes, asparagus, and pesto. This looks great!

  • Paula July 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    šŸ™‚ Great combination

  • Kristin Sullivan July 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Stupid question, but do you cook the asparagus first before adding it with the other ingredients?

  • Mix and Match Mama July 9, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Don't cook the asparagus before hand!

  • Betsy Wall July 12, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I made this the other night for supper and it was a HUGE hit with everyone in our family. Our kids love when I say that I am trying one of mixandmatchmamas recipes. Our five-year-old said that you should hide your recipes because they are so good! Hands down my favorite blog! Thank you for so many practical family-friendly dishes!!!

  • Carmen July 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Loved this! We had it for dinner last night, then lunch today (but heated it up since it's cold here!). I mixed and matched a bit by using sundried tomato pesto instead, and a mix of chopped up broccoli and cauliflower replaced the asparagus. Delicious! šŸ™‚

  • Anonymous September 9, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Just made this tonight! It was delicious!! Amazing recipe as always! So easy even on a weeknight!