Lemon, Pesto Cavatappi Pasta with Chicken


After being out all day, I just wanted to head home and make a simple supper.  I had to stop at the grocery for a movie from Redbox and thought I’d grab a rotisserie chicken from the deli.  I figured there is so much I can do with a rotisserie chicken, and would start with that as my inspiration.

When I got home, I decided I’d make a pasta with Cavatappi noodles and use the rotisserie chicken and see what I come up with.  I ended up deciding to use  a small bottle of white wine as part of my sauce (I bought a few of these just for cooking) and a jar of prepared pesto.

I put my cavatappi in a pot of boiling water and in my saute pan, I added about a tablespoon of olive oil.  I added a package of cherub tomatoes, a sprinkle of kosher salt and some fresh ground lemon pepper.  After they were cooking for a couple minutes, I added the small bottle of wine and then the prepared pesto.  I added a few shakes of crushed red pepper to that, and next, a quarter cup of grated parmessan.  I added the sliced breast meat from the chicken and the zest of one lemon for freshness.  At this point, I drizzled in a small amount of balsamic vinegar.   I also added the juice of half that lemon.  My noodles were now done, so I added them directly to the sauce.  I added the juice of the other half of the lemon and put my pasta in the dishes for serving.  To each serving of pasta I added a bit more zest and a little crushed pepper, and fresh torn basil.  I topped the dish with shaved asiago with rosemary cheese.

This dish was very refreshing and light.  The lemon added some real freshness and made this seem like a nice summer pasta dinner.

Until next time, Kris

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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