Pesto Chicken Bow Tie Pasta With Spinach And Sundried Tomatoes – I love the flavors of Italy in this pesto chicken and bow tie pasta. To make it a one pot meal, I add spinach and sweet sundried tomatoes. I have many Southern Italian friends and dine with them regularly. Not to mention, my own unforgettable visits to this beautiful country, where I fell in love with their cuisine! This one dish pesto chicken meal was inspired by both, and it can literally be on the table in under 30 minutes.
All it takes is a little pre-planning to make sure you have all of your ingredients on hand. Take advantage of a prepared deli rotisserie chicken, and you’ll cut your cooking time and stress down to a minimum. If I had to categorize this fabulous dish, it would fall under quick stove top meals for busy families.
Pesto Chicken & Bow Tie Pasta with Spinach and Sundried Tomatoes
Author: Melissa Sperka
Serves: 6 servings
- 1  oz box bow tie pasta
- 1 cup low fat half & half or light cream
- 2 Tbsp light onion & chive cream cheese
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 3 cups warm rotisserie chicken, roughly chopped
- 4 oz prepared basil pesto
- ⅔ cup sundried tomatoes, rinsed
- 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- shaved Parmesan cheese
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water per the instructions on the box, until al dente.
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, heat the half & half for 1 minute to warm slightly.
- Add the cream cheese stirring to soften.
- Add ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese to the warm half & half and season with salt and black pepper to taste. [The cream cheese will melt completely when it's combined with the hot pasta.]
- Set aside.
- Drain the pasta then pour back into the pot and return to the stove top.
- Over low heat, add the cream sauce, chopped chicken, pesto, and sundried tomatoes to the hot pasta. Stir continually until the cream cheese has completely melted and the ingredients are heated through and evenly coated with the sauce.
- Just before serving, add the fresh spinach and lemon zest and stir until the spinach begins to wilt.
- Serve immediately garnished with Parmesan cheese shavings, if desired.
Sundried tomatoes are usually packed in oil. By soaking the tomatoes, it will serve not only to soften them but, it will also remove most of the oil. If large roughly chop to bite-size.