We were just
very a little excited to receive a box of goodies from Barilla a couple of weeks ago. It’s no secret that my little (and big) boys love their carbs – especially pasta! We normally have some kind of pasta meal once a week, it’s easy to make, I can sneak veggies and other good stuff into it for the boys and there are usually enough leftovers for dinner the next day. The problem I have is keeping it interesting for my husband and I, as the boys would be happy if I served them up Spag Bol and Lasagna every night of the week!
Amongst our goodies was a jar of Barilla’s Pesto alla Genovese, a product I haven’t used before. I had a bunch of asparagus and some cherry tomatoes in the fridge and thought they would go well together. I decided to add some chicken for added protein, but you could certainly leave this out if you prefer.
I was curious to see if the boys would eat this Chicken, Tomato and Asparagus Pasta for dinner, I was uncertain if they would be put off by having no “red sauce”. After a minute or two of poking their forks around their bowls, our big boy took his first tentative bites and baby boy soon followed.
It was a hit with the adults (we also had my Mum staying with us) and the portions I used was enough to feed three adults and two toddlers.
Chicken, Tomato & Asparagus Pasta with Pesto
- 250 g of Penne Pasta
- half a jar of Barilla's Pesto alla Genovese
- 1 bunch of asparagus
- 1/2 a red capsicum
- 250 g of cherry tomatoes - halved
- 300 g of skinless chicken breast
- 1 small brown onion
- 1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese plus extra to serve.
- Cook the pasta as per instructions on the box.
- Add the chicken, onion and capsicum to a large frypan and cook for 3 - 4 minutes or until the onion begins to turn translucent.
- Add the cut up asparagus and the cherry tomatoes, reduce to a medium heat and cook for a further 5 - 10 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to soften.
- Remove cooked pasta from heat and drain.
- In a large bowl, add the contents of the frying pan, pasta, half a jar of the Pesto and approximately 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese and gently combine all ingredients.
Do your kids love their carbs too? What is your ‘go to’ midweek meal?
** This is not a sponsored post, we were sent a box of goodies from Barilla to have fun with – which we certainly did!