Pesto Chicken Pasta with Bacon

I made Pesto Chicken Pasta as my night before the virtual half-marathon meal. I did finish the half marathon, so I give this recipe credit for giving me the carbs to follow through. Carbs really do make a difference before running! Someday I will write a post about running a half marathon.

This is one of my favorite pasta recipes made with my favorite store bought pesto. I do home make pesto at times, but for this recipe, I used Barilla. Not sponsored, but they never disappoint! This easy pasta recipe serves 2-3 people. Can double recipe if feeding a bigger family!

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pesto chicken pasta on a plate

Check out my other delicious pasta recipes:

How to store this chicken and pasta dish:

  • refrigerate-eat this pasta leftover by storing it in your fridge in an air tight container for up to one week.
  • freeze-This pesto pasta can be made into a freezer meal! Just let it cool in a freezer pan and freeze for up to a month. When ready to eat, throw directly into the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2 hours. You are welcome to add more pesto sauce after the oven since sometimes the moisture disappears after baking.

Variations for Pesto Chicken Pasta:

  • more bacon-you can always add more bacon if you want your pasta to have more of a smoky flavor.
  • more pesto-if you want more of a runny sauce, adding more pesto would be a good option!

Favorite ingredient brands to use for this quick pasta recipe:

  • pasta-I have been using the Hy-vee brand since 10/$10 is a good deal.
  • bacon-I used some I got from a local locker
  • chicken breast-Best Choice, the kind in a bag that is easy to thaw out one piece at a time
  • pesto-Barilla creamy ricotta and arugula flavor, not sponsored, but I just think everyone needs to try this flavor of pesto! I could have eaten this flavor plain. Best pesto flavor out there.

pesto chicken pasta pin

How to make delicious pasta:

  • cook the chicken first. I used leftover chicken for mine so it was already cooked and needed a use!
  • boil pasta for the minimum time or until the pasta can be easily squished between your fingers. That is how I can tell when the pasta is done! I do this with all pasta recipes I make, except spaghetti.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir!

Nutrition Facts for this bacon pasta recipe:

Fat 37g Sodium 811 mg Carbs 40.2 g Protein 51.7 g

pesto chicken pasta on a plate

Pesto Chicken Pasta

Very quick pasta recipe with chicken and pesto! This chicken and pasta recipe serves 2-3 people, but you can double the recipe if feeding a larger group of people.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 people
Calories 711 kcal

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large pot


  • 1/2 box of pasta of choice
  • 3 strips cooked bacon crumbled
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast chopped
  • 6.3 oz jar pesto sauce
  • Sprinkle of parsley


  • Cook pasta according to directions on the box, drain.
  • In same pot pasta was in, add back in pasta, and remaining ingredients. Stir over medium heat until it is warm. Serve this Pesto Chicken Pasta with parsley on top.


Calories: 711kcal

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