Bianca was working all day so again it was my turn to cook.
But I don't mind, I got my cooking groove back.
I decided to go all out today on a chicken pesto pasta.
I bought all the goodies that make it extra great, like pine nuts and black olives.
I also made extra much because I work tomorrow myself for a company I have not let go yet because of contracts.
I wanted to take some pasta with me for lunch tomorrow.
Ingredients: Penne Pasta, pine nuts, black olives, cherry tomatoes, a jar of green pesto, red onion, 2 peppers, a leak, bacon and chicken breasts.
As usual I like to prep everything before cooking. I forgot the red onion in the picture above.
Get two pots on the fire, one with water for the pasta, and one big one for everything else. I added a little bit of oil straight away.
Start with frying the bacon till semi crispy then add the chicken and cook it through.
While the chicken is cooking take a separate dry frying pan and put it on a low heat. Add the pine nuts to give them some colour by toasting them a bit in the hot pan.
Add the vegetables (except the tomatoes) to the chicken and cook for 3 minutes.
Add the pesto to the pan. After add some water to the jar (close the lid and shake) and add it also to pan.
The pesto will be pretty watery and needs to reduce a bit, that gives time to cook the pasta. This Penne needs 11 minutes according to the package but you should always undercook pasta and finish it in the sauce. I cooked it for 7 minutes.
After 7 minutes drain the pasta and add to the sauce stir it and just let it sit there for a couple minutes.
Almost there. Last step is to add all the goodies. The Tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and black olives.
End result: Fantastic, I love this pasta. I don't always make it with all the goodies but it does add to the experience. All the flavours work well together. I added some extra cheese on top (should have been Parmesan but I forgot to buy it).
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