Spaghetti with Chicken and Pesto

Grilled chicken pesto

Grilled chicken pesto (Photo credit: seasonal wanderer)

When I was younger, we would grow this big garden. My favorite hing was  we grew all these herbs. For some reason, bail grew much more then the others like rosemary and thyme.We made all these bail dips but my favorite thing was pesto. My mom made fabulous pesto and we mixed it in with pasta. It is my favorite recipe from growing up. It got passed down and know I make it for my family. It is amazing!! Fresh and flavorful the best things to have in a dish! So really fast! Don’t worry, this dish is nearly as hard as it looks. There are three components to making the dish. Pesto, Pasta, and Chicken. The past is easy, just boil water, you don’t do much to make the chicken besides putting it in a saute pan with some garlic, and pesto you just put stuff in a food processor. Its not hard there are just a few extra steps to take before getting the finish product. It is so flavorful!! Juicy chicken, soft pasta, fresh pesto, seasoning. This is  the whole package!! I love it !! When I first got the recipe it called for store bought pesto. I don’t think you should buy pesto for many reasons. Its not as fresh, it taste better if you make it yourself, its overall just more fresh! So I got my old recipe for pesto, made it and mixed it in and it taste much better!! With some fresh cheese it takes the dish out of the world! I wanted to add chicken for a protein so you wouldn’t be eating cheese and pasta with some pesto. I try to make all my dishes healthy for my family so I am not feeding them garbage. Once in a while we eat some good stuff. In fact we are having milkshake night tonight! Milkshakes and I movie, perfect!

Is it storming like crazy anywhere else! We had storms every day last week and are getting thunder and lightning everyday this week! There are flash flood warnings 24seven! I want it to be a warm sunny day but mother nature has something else in mine! My yard is a mess! All these leaves and branches fell down. I have been doing a lot of yard work but I am gonna wait till next week to do the rest. No point in doing in now if more storms are coming!

Lets do this!

  • 1 pack of Spaghetti
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 2 cups packed spinach leaves
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest

Directions-

  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil, cook pasta 8-10 minutes or until soft
  2. Put Parmesan cheese in the bowl of a food processor; process until coarsely grated, about 30 seconds. Put 6 garlic cloves into the food processor and process until the cheese and garlic are combined. Add spinach, basil, pine nuts ,  lemon zest, pepper, salt, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, process until the mixture comes together into a thick paste.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper
  4. Add garlic to pan Saute chicken until no longer pink.
  5. Add to pasta and pesto and toss.

 

Creamy Chicken Alfredo with Fettuccini Noodles

Fettuccini Alfredo

Fettuccini Alfredo (Photo credit: The Marmot)

I love pasta! My dad wasn’t Italian but he cooked great Italian food. He made lasagna with 6 pounds of meat, 6 poundsof cheese, 4 cans of whole tomatoes, can after can of sauce, some other stuff. He made wicked chicken Parmesan. Great pizza. So this one is for him!  I love Alfredo. So the original  recipe had no chicken, just pasta with sauce and cheese. It was good but it needed something more for flavor and texture. I realized how unhealthy that must have been. My family is very healthy, I knew it needed protein. I added some grilled chicken and it gave it more texture and juicy flavor. Then I realized it was white in color so I went to my herb garden in my back yard, and got some fresh basil. It needed color! I remember when I was younger I would always plate everything to look pretty. My family would get so annoyed because I would spend so long on playing and all they wanted to do was eat. But I would be like “no, it has to look good!” I’m still kinda like that but I’m getting better. Anyway,  who doesn’t like cheese and pasta and creamy cheese sauce and more cheese! Lets take a minute to think o ourselves if we know anybody who wouldn’t like that………………………………………………………….. did you think of anybody? Me neither! I just love cheese. Cheesy everything. I like cheesy fries!! They taste amazing!! Maybe I can put a recipe for that up! Would y’all like that? Comment if you would! Anyway, this is a 5 star recipe that everybody in my family loves!!

Unless you only want this for dinner, you will need a side or 2. I love garlic bread!! Rub it with salt, pepper, olive oil, butter, and rosemary. Put some 2 cloves of minced garlic on each slice and there you go!! A fresh green salad is nice to so you get a fresh flavor. Bread sticks are awesome to pair with this too!!!! What ever is up your ally. The chicken alfredo is up everybody’s ally! I made this for my uncle who was coming to Maryland from California. He  loved it, I mean loved it. I sent him the recipe, taught him how to make it, I still make it every time he comes down. It is hard to believe how much cheese and how creamy the sauce is!! AMAZING!!!! Well, go make it and enjoy!!

Ingredients-

  • 1 pound Fettuccini Noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups of butter
  • 2 containers whole milk riccota cheese
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Basil leaves, garnish

Directions-

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.Add pasta and cook 8-10 minutes. Drain
  2. Season  chicken with salt and pepper. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken until fully cooked.
  3. In a large saucepan combine ricotta cheese, cream, salt, Parmesan cheese and remaining butter. Cook over medium heat until well combined, about 10-12  minutes. Stir in cooked fettuccini and chicken
  4. Cook until heated through