Pasta with Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes

One of my favorite things to do in all my “free time” is browse food blogs.  You can get quite lost out there in food blog land as you click from one link to another.  One night I stumbled across a new blog, Creating Post It Notes.   I’m not sure how I got there but I copied off this recipe to try out.

Jim is out of town this week so it was the perfect time to make it.  With the new diet he is on for his Meiners Disease he can’t eat pasta and the girls and I LOVE pasta so I took advantage.

This recipe is definitely a keeper – we all loved it.  Even my big college boy Clark loved it – he ate up all the leftovers for lunch today (although he did pick out most of the sun-dried tomatoes!)

I used a corkscrew pasta (fusilli) and used pancetta bacon but you could use regular bacon just as easily.  I grilled the chicken breast but any leftover cooked chicken would work.

After our morning in the Emergency Room I needed quick, easy and yummy and this was it!  Enjoy!

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Pasta with Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. fusilli pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, cut up
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 slices bacon, chopped (or pancetta)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 4-5 Tbsp. pesto
  • Parmigiano reggiano cheese, shaved
  • sea salt
  • cracked pepper

Instructions

  • Boil pasta in a stock pot for 8 minutes
  • Drain and rinse with cold water
  • Set aside
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and cook bacon or pancetta
  • When halfway cooked, add the olive oil and garlic
  • Saute for 30 seconds
  • Add the cooked chicken
  • Add the pasta and sun-dried tomatoes
  • Toss to coat
  • Add the pesto, using more or less dependig on your taste
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Remove skillet from heat and stir in the parsley
  • Shave parmigiano reggiano over top

Comments

  1. 1
    Ashley says:

    I love your website! So many of the recipes look fabulous and I LOVE your pictures of them! Awesome job!!!

  2. 2
    Melanie says:

    Yum…this looks right up my alley. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. 3

    Leigh Anne-

    This looks very yummy! I love PASTA and sun-dried tomatoes. I make my own pesto, so I’ll have to try this. I bet you could add chicken to this too! Thanks for sharing! And for the great photo…now I’m hungry!!

  4. 4
    Org Junkie says:

    You are talking my language girl!

  5. 5
    Cariann says:

    This looks so good… I think I even have most of the ingredients on hand. Yummy…

  6. 6
    Hanne says:

    I came across your blog the other day when my sister Missy from fairy child he

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    Hanne says:

    oooopppps! I accidently clicked on submit before I was done. Anyway, my increadibly talented sister Missy is the creater and designer of fairy child heilooms. So I was directed to your blog from her. I am in love with your blog and recipes. Your photos are amazing!!!!Please tell me what camera and settings do you use for your food photos? I was so excited on Valentine’s day when my husband gave me a new KODAK Easy Share 12 megapxl camera from Costco, but I have so much trouble getting good photos to come out clear. Please help!!

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    Leigh Anne says:

    Hanne »

    To answer your question about the camera – I use a Nikkon D40x. I was a Cannon user for years but recently switched and I LOVE my camera. One of the most important parts of taking a great picture though is your lighting. I try to take all my photos in natural light, no flash and no overhead light. That is getting harder and harder as daylight gets shorter and shorter!! Thanks for entering the giveaway

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