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Fast & Easy DInner: Chicken Alfredo Pesto Pasta

Fast & Easy DInner: Chicken Alfredo Pesto Pasta

Although I love both Alfredo and pesto sauce, I had never thought of combining the two! If you are stuck in a boring chicken and pasta rut, try this recipe for a pasta flavor fusion. Start with a quick and simple Alfredo sauce and mix in several tablespoons of pesto to create a dish that is full of depth. If you dislike red peppers, feel free to substitute fresh or sun dried tomatoes or steamed broccoli. To experiment with this recipe tonight,

Chicken Alfredo Pesto Pasta

From Kraft Foods
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8 oz. (1/2 of 16-oz. pkg.) angel hair pasta, uncooked
2 tsp. oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups milk
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz) cream cheese
1 large red pepper, cut into strips or 1 1/2 cups roasted red pepper strips
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. pesto
1 tbsp lemon zest, optional
1/2 cup pitted dry cured olives, optional

  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 7 min. or until cooked through.
  3. Stir in milk and cream cheese spread; cook 3 min. or until cream cheese spread is completely melted and mixture is well blended.
  4. Add peppers, Parmesan cheese and pesto; stir. If using the lemon zest and olives add to mixture as well. Cook 3 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  5. Drain pasta. Add to cream cheese mixture; toss to coat.

Serves 4.

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natkubichar natkubichar 8 years
I tried this recipe the other day and i used shrimp instead of chicken and i used canned roasted redpepper alfredo sauce it was so good and my alterations made it so much quicker !!
leelah leelah 8 years
Ew. Nothing worse than Alfredo Sauce... *shudder*
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
Pesto is so delicious!
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
Pesto is so delicious!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
that looks GOOD! yum!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
that looks GOOD! yum!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 8 years
i like alfredo sauce but pesto is yucky to me...
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
This sounds incredible, I love it!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 8 years
This looks awesome, Yum!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 8 years
This looks awesome, Yum!
leigha926 leigha926 8 years
i wish i could eat pasta and/or cream sauces :(
La-Belle La-Belle 8 years
i always make a pesto cream sauce..its delicious. try using a basic parmesan sause and adding a few spoonfuls of pesto and then the chicken and some farfalle (bow tie pasta) and broccoli florets make it fab!
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 8 years
Oh, snap that sounds incredible!!!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I'd skip the cream cheese and just use some canned Alfredo sauce or something. But I love adding pesto to everything these days!
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