Quick and Easy Chicken and Broccoli Pesto Pasta

With the cold winter nights settling in, there's nothing better than getting into some cosy pyjamas and cooking something quick for dinner. For me, Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. It’s hearty, easy to make, and you can mix it with absolutely anything and be onto a winner of a dish. I've decided to put together a delicious recipe combining chicken, green pesto, broccoli and pasta, for the ultimate dish!

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients; (serves 2)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 Chicken Breasts, chopped
Parmesan Cheese
3 tbsp Green Pesto
Salt and Pepper
150g Fusilli Pasta
Frozen Broccoli Florets
1. Start by adding boiling water, Fusilli pasta and salt to a large pot, and cook according to package directions. I used quick cook pasta, so this took just 5 minutes.
2. Add the broccoli to the pot once the pasta is nearly finished cooking, to simply warm through the broccoli. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
3. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a large pan. Add the garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for just a few seconds then add the sliced chicken. 
4. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minute or until browned.
5. Next add the Parmesan, pesto, and a splash of water to help create a thick sauce. 
6. Simmer mixture for 2-3 minutes. 
7. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli. Stir until fully combined. 
8. Remove from heat, serve up and garnish with more Parmesan if desired..
This easy dish comes together in under 30 minutes and makes a great weeknight dinner! 

What are your favourite pasta recipes?

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