Monday, October 11, 2010

Pesto Linguine with Chicken and Zucchini

Tonight is a busy night for the house... Dennis and Pam arrive to visit tomorrow so with having weigh in as well as a mountain of cleaning to do we needed a very quick and easy dinner to prepare.

I know dinner at the Murray household is good when everyone is quiet for a few minutes as they take in the flavours. This dish was very fresh tasting and to be totally honest very enjoyable. Even Miss 9 who apparantly hates pesto had 2 bowls full.

As far as preparation and cooking is concerned, this pasta dish is on the table in under 25 minutes which as you all know fits my week night requirement of something quick and tasty. Considering the fact that there is the minimum of ingredients with this recipe you will, like we were, actually be surprised with the flavour.

Pesto Linguine with Chicken and Zucchini
(recipe adapted from Good Taste Magazine January 2009)

Serves: 6
Points per serve: 6

350g dried linguine pasta
Olive oil spray
1 (about 300g) single chicken breast fillet, thinly sliced
2 zucchini, trimmed, thinly sliced diagonally
2 garlic cloves, crushed
80g (1/3 cup) bought basil pesto
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely torn
1/2 cup reduced fat light thickened cream
20g (1/4 cup) coarsely grated parmesan

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Drain and return to the pan.

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Spray with olive oil spray to grease. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Increase heat to high. Add the zucchini and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.

Add the chicken, zucchini mixture, pesto, basil and cream to the pasta and toss to combine. Divide among serving bowls and top with the parmesan to serve.

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Tv Food and Drink said...

delicious and perfect for the mid-week!

James said...

What a great looking pasta dish. Definitely bookmarking this for dinner soon.

My restaurants melbourne said...

linguine is a favourtie in our house, well actually all kinds of pasta, another great recipe