Penne Pasta With Chicken, Mushrooms and Pesto Sauce

This penne pasta with pesto sauce is very creamy and full of flavor. I like adding chicken and mushrooms to it, but you can skip the meat and double the mushrooms, if you are a vegetarian.

 

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Penne Pasta With Chicken Mushrooms And Pesto Sauce

 

Penne Pasta With Chicken, Mushrooms and Pesto Sauce
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Lyubomira L
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Serves: 2
Creamy Penne Pasta With Chicken, Mushrooms and Pesto Sauce
Ingredients
  • 4 oz penne rigate (can use pasta of your choice)
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1/2 lb)
  • 5-6 sliced white mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp blue cheese (can use Gorgonzola cheese)
  • 3 tbsp pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta in salted water according to directions on the package.
  2. In a large skillet heat olive oil on medium heat.
  3. Cut chicken into small pieces, season with salt and pepper and cook in olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until the outside appears cooked.
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for another 4-5 minutes, so they release water.
  5. Add pesto sauce and stir until evenly distributed. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes on medium.
  6. Add heavy cream, stir and then add blue cheese. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring frequently. The sauce should thicken and get creamy.
  7. Add cooked and drained pasta to the sauce and stir to evenly distribute the sauce.
  8. Serve with shredded parmesan cheese on top.