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basil walnut pesto pasta and chicken

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Nor Mac
The Berkshire’s, MA

I tried a reduced fat Pesto sauce recipe a while back. I didn't care for it. It lacked flavor. I decided to make one by reducing the fat. This is not a very low fat recipe. It has olive oil in it. It is a reduced fat version I made up. My family liked it. My husband being a fussy Italian ate almost 3 plates of pasta with this sauce. That says a lot. Pesto is strong alone as you know. Pesto is tough to judge unless you pair it with pasta, or bread, or in a cream sauce. I paired it in a creamy sauce stirred in to Pasta.served with garlic chicken and Broccoli. I hope you all like it.

★★★★★ 1
serves 6
prep time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For basil walnut pesto pasta and chicken

  • 1 c
    basil leaves,or more depending on what you like
  • 2 clove
  • 1/4 c
    virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c
    parmesan cheese
  • 2-3
    slices of bread
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2-3/4 c
    sour cream
  • 1 pinch
    garlic salt
  • 1 pinch
    black pepper

How To Make basil walnut pesto pasta and chicken

  • 1
    Put basil.walnuts,and parmesan cheese in food processor. Blend well. add remaining ingredients starting with olive oil,and sour cream. You can adapt ingredients to get the flavor you are looking for.
  • 2
  • 3
    Keep in fridge and stir in to warm pasta before serving. I do a serving at a time.
  • 4
    Cut chicken breast up. I use chicken tenders. cook in olive oil add a clove of garlic minced when chicken is almost done. Don't want to burn garlic. add garlic salt and pepper to taste. I transfer my chicken to grill to give it that grilled flavor.
  • 5
    steam broccoli.Serve brocooli and chicken on top of pasta with sauce
  • 6
    note: you may use lite sour cream and reduced calorie bread in this recipe. Originally I came up with this to reduce the calories.The bread gives it a texture as if there is more cheese in it than there really is.