One Pot Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta is the easiest pesto pasta you will ever make! Penne and chicken are coated with a mouthwatering garlic pesto cream sauce for an unforgettable dinner!
Following up on my Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe with a pesto pasta that you absolutely need in your life! Take a peek at that post first if you want to learn how to make homemade pesto sauce.
My creamy chicken pesto pasta comes together in 30 minutes, uses one pan, and is super easy to adjust to your own taste!
Whipping up a bowl of pasta with pesto is really simple! You will need about 1 cup of pesto per pound of pasta. Pesto is ready to serve, and you don’t need to heat it up.
The best thing to do is to save a few tablespoons of the starchy water that you cooked your pasta in. Add the pesto to the pasta, then add some of the water as necessary to thin it out, and you’re ready to eat!
Since my creamy pesto pasta is made in one pan, there is already just enough cooking liquid still left to thin the pesto out when the noodles are done cooking.
How to Make Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta:
For this recipe, you can either use a skillet that is 12 inches or larger with a lid, or you can use a deep, heavy, pot like a dutch oven.
You will dice up your chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and cook them with a bit of olive oil and seasonings just until the chicken is lightly browned on all sides.
Next, you add your cherry tomatoes. Note that the tomatoes can be left out of this recipe if you don’t like them or don’t have any on hand.
Then the broth goes in along with your penne. At this point, you can cover your skillet with a lid and allow the pasta to simmer for 12-15 minutes until tender.
Or, you can leave the lid off of the pasta and simmer for about 10 minutes while stirring every minute or so. If necessary, more chicken broth can be added. The key is to make sure that the noodles are almost completely covered in broth and simmered gently.
Once your pasta is finished cooking, you will add your pesto, cream cheese to make this CREAMY pesto pasta, and parmesan for an awesome kick of flavor!
If you would like to have pesto pasta that isn’t creamy, you can simply leave the cream cheese out without making any other changes!
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Creamy Pesto Pasta
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Pound Chicken, Cut into bite sized pieces
- Salt & Pepper, To taste
- 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
- 8 Ounces Penne Pasta
- 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth, Or Water
- 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup Pesto
- 3 Ounces Cream Cheese
- 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the chicken, salt and pepper to taste, italian seasoning, and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes until chicken is browned.
- Add the penne, broth, and tomatoes to the skillet and simmer stirring frequently until pasta is tender and liquid is absorbed.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in the cream cheese, pesto, and parmesan.