Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

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(53 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 400g pasta shapes
    Pasta

    Pasta

    pah-stah

    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 breasts, shredded
  • 5 tbsp pesto
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

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.

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Lima710
11th Jul, 2013
This was delicious and one of the easiest meals to make. Definitely will do this again.
scarletwelsh
26th Jun, 2013
5.05
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
14th May, 2013
5.05
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
23rd Mar, 2013
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
19th Mar, 2013
5.05
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
13th Dec, 2012
5.05
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.
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gemfox
13th Nov, 2012
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
10th Nov, 2012
5.05
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
5th Nov, 2012
5.05
This was delicious - I substituted broccoli for the beans and added some bacon too!
sarahah
25th Oct, 2012
5.05
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.

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