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Pasta with Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chicken and Mozzarella Cheese

by Jeanette on August 13, 2014 · 15 Comments
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This Kitchen Sink Pasta with Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chicken and Mozzarella Cheese makes a hearty meal.
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Today’s recipe is for a pasta dish that I threw together on July 4th for lunch. I didn’t intend on making lunch for the boys that day because I was cleaning through mounds of paperwork and trying to catch up on all the office work. I had asked the boys to figure things out for lunch (a.k.a. take-out). After some deliberation, they decided on pizza and were just about to place their order when they discovered the restaurant was closed for July 4th. So, of course that meant I was back in the kitchen making lunch. By that time, the boys were starving, and it was getting late, so I resorted to this quick and easy pasta dish, which was literally a kitchen sink sort of pasta dish made with whatever I could find in my refrigerator.

I threw a pot of water on the stove to boil while I looked through my refrigerator to see what I could possibly throw together. Here is what I found: Kale Basil Garlic Scape Pistachio Pesto, Oven Dried Tomato Pesto, some leftover grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. A few fresh tomatoes on my window sill and some fresh garlic got tossed in as well.

Kale Garlic Scape Basil Pesto © Jeanette's Healthy Living

You never know what jewels are hiding in your refrigerator. If you’re ever caught in a similar situation, just start taking things out…some brilliant idea might just strike you.

Oven Dried Tomato Pesto © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I also dug through my cabinet and found a pack of Molino Andriani Felicia 4 grain gluten-free pasta that I hadn’t tried yet. This is a kitchen-sink kind of pasta dish – just put all the bits and pieces in a big serving bowl and add the hot pasta after it’s cooked. The hot pasta warms up the sauces and slightly melts the mozzarella cheese.

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Pasta with Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound dried gluten-free pasta
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup Kale Basil Hazelnut Pesto
  • ¼ cup Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups grilled chicken, cut into strips
  • 2 medium balls Buffalo mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. When pasta is cooked, drain and transfer immediately to bowl. Toss well to coat. Serve.
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  1. Jeanette, what brand is your favorite GF pasta? I am craving some pasta like crazy!

  2. I’m loving your pestos!!! AND I’m loving your pastas!! You’ve got me at a pre-lunch hunger pang time right now, and this looks positively fabulous. LOVE!

    • Thanks Kim – we make lots of pesto during the summer and because it seems as if mealtime rolls around faster than I can keep up with, pasta has been very popular this summer because it’s so easy.

  3. This looks delicious! So flavorful and I love how easy it is to whip up too!

    • Thanks Kelly – this is one of my favorite “lazy” meals – I literally stare into my fridge and start taking out different sauces and leftovers, hoping some “brilliant” idea will pop up. Thankfully, it works most days ;).

  4. I love for all those flavour in here! Great this recipe, Jeanette 😉

  5. What a delicious pasta dish – great flavors –

  6. My favorite dishes are “clean out the fridge” dishes. It’s hard to duplicate them, but fun to throw them together.

  7. Your pestos look wonderful! I am adding this to my list to try out.

  8. Another nice recipe. Thanks Jeanette.

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