Creamy pesto & chicken pasta salad

Creamy pesto & chicken pasta salad

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 1

If you need a quick boost of carbohydrates, try this filling and nutritionally-balanced pasta salad

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal600
  • fat15g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein47g
  • salt0.3g


  • 85g pasta shapes



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

  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • handful halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cooked chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp basil pesto



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


  • 2 tbsp low-fat crème fraîche


  1. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, mix the red pepper with the cherry tomatoes and chicken. Mix the pesto and crème fraîche. Drain the pasta, then stir it through. Toss through the veg and chicken and eat immediately, or pack into a container for lunch.

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3rd Dec, 2014
First recipe I’ve actually commented on, but can’t praise this enough. Leave at room temperature in the morning if possible to bring the flavour in the pesto out. 5 stars!
22nd Jul, 2014
Made this for the first time today and am really impressed! Used wholewheat pasta to make it a bit healthier and had to substitute light marscapone for the creme faiche as didn't have any of the latter but was still very tasty. Will definitely make again.
10th Feb, 2012
This is a quick solution for lunchbox. Instead of basil from a jar I mashed some fresh basil with olive oil and pecorino romano, before stirring in crème fraîche. Green or kalamata olives are good addition, and don't forget to season with salt and freshly ground pepper
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