Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal593
  • fat28g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 400g pasta shapes



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 250g green bean, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 large ready-roasted chicken breast, shredded
  • 5 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 3 tbsp double cream
  • handful Parmesan, grated, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  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.

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Comments (25)

littleeggy's picture

Really enjoyed this dish but I added more cream and pesto than in the recipe and replaced the spring onion with spinach.

littleeggy's picture

Cooked this and replaced the spring onions with spinach which tasted really great! Also added in a bit more pesto and cream to taste.

polmac's picture

fired in two cloves of garlic and a little bit of chilli and added in some mushrooms, swaped the double cream for fromage frais . turned out pretty nice. will be on the menu again

rhapsodyinc's picture

I enjoyed this meal. Added some mozzarella just for the fun of it. I also probably added more pesto than the recipe called for.

Luthersmum's picture

Found this far too bland and tasteless, it really needed something to incorporate more flavour. I also felt there was way too much pasta for the quantity of sauce, even though I slackened the sauce with pasta cooking water and added parmesan to serve. This one won't be on the weekly repertoire!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sarahah's picture

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

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

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!


Questions (1)

Ken.sarah's picture

Hi - if I have leftovers can I freeze the whole dish (including the cooked pasta)? If so, once defrosted what would be the best way to reheat? Thanks.

Tips (1)

ellie.charlie.flo's picture

gave this a splash of white wine and tasted really good!