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3.2 from 15 votes

Creamy Chicken Bacon and Pesto Pasta

This Creamy Chicken Bacon and Pesto Pasta is a great family friendly meal and can be made using just one pot. It's perfect for those weeknight dinners and it can also be made ahead and frozen until needed.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 500 g chicken breast - cubed
  • 5 rashers shortcut bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 50 g parmesan cheese - finely grated
  • 300 g spiral pasta

Instructions

  • Slice your chicken breast and bacon into pieces and set aside until needed.
  • In a large saucepan, add the olive oil and warm over a medium/high heat and add the onion (which has been grated) and the garlic (which has been crushed) along with the cut chicken breast and bacon pieces and cook for 4 - 5 minutes or until the chicken begins to brown and the onion is translucent.
  • Add the vegetable stock and pasta and stir through to combine. Bring the mixture to the boil before reducing to a medium heat and placing the lid onto the saucepan. Let the pasta cook for 8 - 10 minutes or until cooked through and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the milk, pesto and parmesan cheese. Stir these ingredients through the pasta before replacing the lid and allowing to cook for a further 2 - 3 minutes before serving.

Notes

For a vegetarian version of the recipe, omit the chicken and bacon.
You can also use cream instead of milk if you prefer.