The first time I tasted the food combination of pesto and tomatoes, I immediately ranked it as one of my favorite flavor combos. There is something about the sweetness of a tomato and the freshness and fragrance of basil that makes me smile.
My latest cooking challenge has been to come up with healthy (ish) dishes to feed to my staff of nearly 30 people twice a week. To add to the challenge is the lack of any cooking facilities at the office – other than a small microwave and a small fridge. My (and Elizabeth’s) crockpots have become my tool of choice, if for no other reason than to heat the food through. Our new offices will have more to offer, but for now it’s all about invention 🙂
While this is in no way a great inventive recipe, it worked really well for my purposes, but would also make a great meal for two.
Yield: 30+ servings
2 kg Spiral Pasta
12 large chicken breasts, cut into pieces
250 grams prepared pesto
500 grams cocktail sized tomatoes
1 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Fresh basil, torn into small pieces
Step One: Cook spiral pasta in boiling water until just tender – drain and set aside
Step Two: While pasta cooks, cook chicken in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil – season with pepper, salt and garlic powder
Step Three: Mix chicken and pasta together, including cooking fluid from chicken for flavor
Step Four: Add pesto a large spoonful at a time, mixing well each time
Step Five: Quarter plum tomatoes and toss into pasta mixture. Season with salt and pepper if needed
Step Six: Add grated parmesan and fresh torn basil
Easy Peasy as they say – and healthy too! Served with some french bread and it is a great meal – hot or cold.