Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

Creamy chicken & green bean pesto pasta

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(53 ratings)

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 breasts, 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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11th Jul, 2013
This was delicious and one of the easiest meals to make. Definitely will do this again.
26th Jun, 2013
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.
14th May, 2013
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.
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!
19th Mar, 2013
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 :-)
13th Dec, 2012
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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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
10th Nov, 2012
I made this without the green beans and onion and it was still beautiful! So easy to make! Definitely going to make it again!
5th Nov, 2012
This was delicious - I substituted broccoli for the beans and added some bacon too!
25th Oct, 2012
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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