Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta with Pesto Chicken

For a quick and filling dinner that celebrates the coming tomato season, make this easy pasta with a fresh tomato and red pepper sauce plus pesto chicken and plenty of parmesan.

Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta with Pesto Chicken

Try this great dinner idea that consists of pasta with pesto chicken smothered in a red pepper and tomato sauce.

Dinnertime. The worst time of day for me. Even though I love my work, after a day of shooting and testing recipes for the blog or clients, I kind of just want to sit back and relax with a glass of wine.

I’m all for quick dinners. I am also all for a bowl of pasta. And pesto. And parmesan. These bowls of goodness combines some of my favorite ingredients.

Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta with Pesto Chicken

Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta with Pesto Chicken
 
For a quick and filling dinner that celebrates the coming tomato season, make this easy pasta with a fresh tomato and red pepper sauce plus pesto chicken and plenty of parmesan.
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Recipe Type: Main
Ingredients
  • 500 gr (17 ounces or 1 pound will work) macaroni
  • water to boil macaroni
  • salt
  • handful of fresh herbs - i used mint, basil and parsley
  • 3 tablespoons almonds
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 chicken breast fillets, flattened and cut into pieces
  • salt and black pepper to season
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, blanched and chopped
  • 2 birds eye chili - finely chopped
  • parmesan to serve
Instructions
  1. Bring salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions, or until al dente.
  2. While the macaroni is cooking, place the herbs, almonds, parmesan and garlic in a pestle and mortar and grind until you have a paste. Add olive oil to smooth it out. Set aside.
  3. Next, heat the butter in a saucepan and brown the chicken fillets until done. Season.
  4. Place the chicken in a mixing bowl and cover with fresh pesto. Set aside.
  5. Next, cut the pepper into pieces and grill in the oven until roasted.
  6. Transfer the roasted peppers and blanched tomatoes with the chili in a small saucepan and simmer for a few minutes. Blend in a food processor until smooth.
  7. Combine the macaroni with pesto chicken and smother in red pepper and tomato sauce.
  8. Serve with parmesan.
 

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