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Want an easy pasta recipe to throw together after a long day? Say no more! Casper & Gambini’s have provided us with a quick and simple recipe for Chicken Pesto Pasta.

Ingredients:

1 chicken breast
1/2 pack fusilli pasta
1/2 medium onion
2 cloves chopped garlic, plus 1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp roasted pine nuts, plus a few for garnish
15 leaves fresh basil
2 tbsp grated Parmesan, plus Parmesan flakes for garnish
1/4 cup good quality olive oil
1/2 cup of fresh cooking cream
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Pre-cook pasta al dente, drain and keep to one side.

Pesto Sauce: Place basil leaves, olive oil, 1 tbsp minced garlic, roasted pine nuts and grated Parmesan in a blender with salt and pepper to taste. Blend lightly to keep a chunky texture.

Slice the chicken breast finely and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir fry gently with chopped onion and garlic until the chicken is cooked through and the onion is translucent. Add cooked pasta and toss gently, then add the pesto sauce and cook for a further 30 seconds.  Add fresh cream and allow it to simmer on a low heat for one to two minutes. Remove from heat and arrange on serving dishes. Garnish with a sprig of basil, roasted pine nuts and flakes of Parmesan.

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