Mediterranean Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Veggies & Chickpeas

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Mediterranean Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Veggies & Chickpeas


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Description

Mediterranean Pesto Pasta is fresh, vibrant and satisfying! This dish is infinitely adaptable with your favorite veggies or in-season produce.


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast, cut into 1 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • 2 Bell Peppers (Orange, Red or Yellow)
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 15 oz Can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp Spinach Pesto

Instructions

  1. Make your pesto and then set aside to cook the rest of the dish.
  2. Cook your pasta according to the box directions.
  3. While the pasta cooks, cook your chicken and veggies
  4. Heat a large skillet (cast iron pan if you have it!) over medium high heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil
  5. When your pan is hot, add the chicken. Cook for 8-10 minutes until nicely browned and cooked through. Place cooked chicken on a plate and set aside.
  6. While the chicken cooks, prep your veggies. Rinse your veggies and get ready to chop!
  7. Dice the vegetables into 1 1/2 inch pieces
    1. Zucchini: Slice in half length-wise, then dice into half moon shape
    2. Bell Pepper: Cut around the pepper and remove the core, then slice into strips, then dice
    3. Cherry Tomatoes: Slice in half lengthwise
  8. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and adjust skillet heat to medium. Add the chickpeas to the skillet.
  9. Next add the zucchini and bell pepper to your pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning over the veggies to cook evenly on each side.
  10. Now its time to put the dish together!
  11. In a large bowl, add the 3-4 tablespoons of pesto to the bottom. Next, add the pasta, chicken and veggies, including the cherry tomatoes you chopped earlier. Top with another tablespoon of pesto. Using a large spoon, mix the dish together, taking care to not mash your veg!
  12. Taste the pasta and add additional pesto per your preference.
  13. Serve immediately and enjoy a taste of a Mediterranean Summer!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Mediterranean
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6
  • Calories: 460
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 625mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 77g
  • Fiber: 39g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Cholesterol: 74mg
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