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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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.

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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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Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 711kcal

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