03 November 2011

Recipe: Pasta & Greens with Herb-and-Goat's Cheese Pesto

Asparagus is back in season in South Africa and I've been jumping at any opportunity to incorporate it into meals since it is my absolute favorite veggie.  I found this recipe a couple of weeks ago in Woolworths' Taste Magazine, decided to give it a go, and have probably gone back to it four or five times since.  Not only is it quick and easy (it probably takes about 10 minutes to cook after the chicken is defrosted), but it also incorporates all of the major food groups and is low in fat.  I know, I know, you can thank me later ;)

Serves: 2
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Level: Easy

You will need:
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • One bunch of tenderstem broccoli tips
  • One bunch of asparagus (halved)
  • Olive oil for stir-frying
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (broth)
  • One handful baby spinach leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 250g fettuccine, cooked until al dente
  • One handful of pine nuts and/or sunflower seeds
  • 100g soft goats cheese (low-fat cream cheese can be substituted)
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tsp basil pesto
  1. Once chicken is defrosted, stir-fry in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil for about 10 minutes.  Season to taste and then set aside.
  2. Stir-fry the broccoli and asparagus in 1 - 2 tbsp olive oil over high heat until tender crisp.
  3. Pour vegetable stock in with the veggies and bring to a simmer.  Add the spinach, remove from heat and check the seasoning.  Mix in chicken.
  4. Combine with hot, drained pasta and mix with pine nuts and sunflowers seeds.
  5. Top with a spoonful of goat's cheese pesto and serve.
For goat's cheese pesto:

Blend goat's cheese, pesto and crushed garlic until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste and then serve on top of pasta.

And there you have it, all of the different food groups wrapped up into one amazing dish!

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  1. this looks so good! Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies :)

  2. Oohh, yummy this looks AWESOME! Can't wait to try it out :)


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  3. Jenna this sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it!!
    Have a great weekend<3

  4. SHUT UP! Goat cheese AND pesto! Oh yummmmmm...this is my favorite!


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