Ok, I’ve really done it this time, this is the best batch of basil pesto I’ve ever made! This time around, I made the pesto without measuring a thing, just by taste and smell, and it came out perfectly. I started with a small jar of pine nuts and 4 small garlic cloves chopped up, then added parmesan cheese until my arm got tired…then came a heaping amount of basil leaves, fresh from their stems, and extra virgin olive oil. A little salt and pepper and some more parmesan cheese later and there was my winner…absolute perfection. To me, spring is all about fresh basil, ripe tomatoes and fresh fruits…among many other things too! So this was the perfect dish to serve as spring (hopefully) arrives soon.
So naturally I leaned towards one of my favorite recipes ever…pesto tossed together with juicy shredded chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and penne…oh yum!
I’ve learned now that if I’m using chicken in a pasta dish, the only way to go is to slowly bake it then shred it, rather than cubing it and sautéing in a pan. Not only does it stay juicy but its easier to mix in with penne or linguine.
The sun-dried tomatoes are a favorite of mine, but if you have some extra red peppers hanging around, cut them up, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them to toss in…it’s quite delicious.
I’ve also come across a new favorite brand of pasta, Dreamfields. Everything about this product is fabulous, besides the fact that the calories are so low and it tastes like you’re eating regular pasta when really it’s actually whole grains…there are only 5 (5!) digestible grams of carbs in a serving! That’s pretty great for someone like me watching carbs along with calories and sodium.
Enjoy everyone and let me know what you think!
For the Basil Pesto Recipe, please click here.
- 1 box Dreamfields Penne
- 2 chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
- 1 jar julienned sundried tomatoes, oil drained
- 2 plum tomatoes, diced
- 1 C basil pesto
- Bake chicken at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, then shred with a fork.
- Cook penne according to package directions.
- Combine all ingredients and serve immedaietly. Store any leftover pesto in an airtight container in the fridge with a thin layer of olive oil on the top.