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.



Penne Pasta With Chicken Mushrooms And Pesto Sauce


Penne Pasta With Chicken, Mushrooms and Pesto Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Creamy Penne Pasta With Chicken, Mushrooms and Pesto Sauce
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Author: Lyubomira L
  • 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
  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.