Meet me at the intersection of creamy comfort food and fabulously fresh for a big, cheesy, and (yes!) healthy serving of Chicken Pesto Pasta.
This recipe is sponsored by DeLallo.
This creamy pasta bake combines whole wheat pasta noodles, golden sautéed chicken, and bright, bursting cherry tomatoes in a vibrant pesto sauce. It’s hearty, filling, and cozy, the way you’d expect a chicken pesto pasta bake to be.
It’s also unexpectedly fresh. A bright basil pesto sauce infuses the pasta with light and sunny flavor. Cherry tomatoes—which taste good year-round but are especially delicious right now—and spinach add healthy servings of veggies. A final sprinkle of herbs lifts the pasta right off of your plate.
I recently served this creamy chicken pesto pasta bake at a party I hosted for girlfriends. We dubbed the occasion a “Pasta Party” and imbibed in all things summery and Italian. It was a blast.
Because pasta bake recipes like this one can be prepared entirely in advance, they’re fabulous not only for busy weeknights (meal prep win!), but for entertaining too. I assembled the chicken pesto pasta with tomatoes entirely the night before and stored it in my fridge. Then, the day of the party, all I had to do was pop it into the oven and bake.
I was less stressed, and my girlfriends loved the recipe. Everyone remarked how its flavor was light, yet it still left them feeling truly satisfied.
And, the little that we had leftover? It reheated like a dream for our dinner the next night.
Whether you need a healthy, ultra tasty dinner option to feed a crowd, want leftovers to enjoy the rest of the week, or are looking for meals you can make in advance, this chicken pesto pasta is a fantastic choice. (more…)