This healthy chicken pesto pasta is easy to make thanks to convenience ingredients like rotisserie chicken and store-bought pesto. The addition of fresh asparagus--which is cooked in the same pot as the pasta--brightens up the look and the flavors of this family-friendly and easy one-pot dinner. Fresh basil, if you have it on hand, is a nice finishing touch. Source:, April 2019

Pam Lolley


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Add asparagus to the pot during the final 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.

  • Return the pasta mixture to the pot; stir in chicken, pesto, salt and pepper. Stir in the reserved cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish; sprinkle with Parmesan and garnish with basil, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

422 calories; 18.4 g total fat; 3.9 g saturated fat; 70 mg cholesterol; 714 mg sodium. 417 mg potassium; 32.2 g carbohydrates; 0.8 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 31.4 g protein; 636 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 59 mcg folate; 168 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 27 mg magnesium;