Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Grab some Italian pesto and greens from your storecupboard and rustle up this pot - penne or fusilli work well

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
593
protein
29g
carbs
56g
fat
28g
saturates
10g
fibre
3g
sugar
5g
salt
0.7g

Ingredients

  • 400g pasta shapes
  • 250g green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 large ready-roasted chicken breasts, shredded
  • 5 tbsp pesto
  • 3 tbsp double cream
  • handful parmesan, grated, to serve

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Method

  1. Cook pasta following pack instructions, adding green beans for the final 6 mins of cooking time. Drain and reserve a few tbsps of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Add spring onions and cook for 1-2 mins until soft, then set aside.
  3. Add the shredded chicken in the pan and heat through. Stir through pesto and cream. Pop pasta and beans in with the chicken mix and stir to coat, adding a little of the cooking water. Season and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2012

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Ken.sarah's picture

Has anyone freezes this? I was just wondering whether you would freeze the whole dish including the cooked pasta, and what the reheating instructions would be.

Clarabo's picture

I love this recipe. We have it a few times a month. Very tasty

Homa's picture

I am going to cook this in 2hr! Fingers X"

lima710's picture

This was delicious and one of the easiest meals to make. Definitely will do this again.

scarletwelsh's picture
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This has quickly become a firm favourite in our house. I substitute the beans for about a cup of frozen peas to keep the kids happy. Even easier and very tasty. Highly recommended.

gervais's picture
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Extremely easy to make and very tasty, I added a handful of pinenuts which gave it a lovely texture and flavour may toast them next time.I like the idea of using red pesto and creme fraiche will try that next time.

laurawhit's picture

Love this recipe!! So quick and easy. We've used red pesto and substituted the cream for fromage frais or creme fraiche which is also delicious!

aitch15's picture
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Loved this recipe. Second time I made it I put in slightly less pasta and added some asparagus with the green beans which was really tasty.

Is a firm favourite with the family :-)

darkkaykay's picture
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One of the nicest meals I have ever made. Used green pepper and two cloves of garlic instead of spring onions, added a very nice taste to it. Easy to experiment with. Enjoy your own creation guys.

gemfox's picture

Really enjoyed this. I made something similar a while ago but without the cream or green beans. The cream makes its soo much tastier. Enjoy guys x

hannahbending's picture
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I made this without the green beans and onion and it was still beautiful! So easy to make! Definitely going to make it again!

loucat30's picture
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This was delicious - I substituted broccoli for the beans and added some bacon too!

sarahah's picture
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This is now my husband's favourite meal. I substitute the cream for value brand soft cheese and use the pasta water to make a sauce and add cut up asparagus tips to the beans too. Very delicious!! Excellent quick meal.

phlwibble32's picture
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This recipe exceeded my expectations. I'd chosen it because it's cheap & quick to make & thought it would taste ok but it was lovely considering how simple the recipe is.
The family is trying to eat healthier so I used wholegrain pasta & substituted the cream for milk - small tweeks but still as tasty!

ilikepasta's picture
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Fab easy recipe, can't wait to have the left-overs for lunch tomorrow! I also added a garlic clove with the onions and some peas when I added the beans. Delish!

eleanormayo's picture
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A good, quick supper dish. Easy and tasty!

liza123's picture
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Very easy to make, very tasty and the whole (usually fussy) family loved it! Will definitely be making again.

hannahw85's picture
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Fab! Quick mid week meal. We replaced the green beans with asparagus.

hefield's picture
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Really tasty recipie, very easy and quick, took as long as the pasta takes to cook. Had the left overs from a whole roast chicken I wanted to use up & tried to make it more healthy by subsituting the cream for quark, this gave it a very fresh flavour. Also added handfull of peas (can't resist teaking) and cooked them with the green beans and pasta. Might add a sprinkle of toasted pinenuts next time for a bit of texture.

bluejay's picture
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Halved (plus a little bit more) the recipe, had half a roasted, skinned red pepper left from another recipe so sliced it finely and added that too. The pan was scraped clean - lovely!

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