Monday, August 27, 2018

Week 35: Pasta with Pesto and Walnuts

The Recipe
250g penne pasta
~400g chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
60g walnuts
8 slices bacon
250g cherry tomatoes, halved
60g (~22) olives, sliced
120g green pesto
fresh basil (optional)
Slices of parmesan cheese for serving (optional)

Cook pasta according to instructions on package. Drain and mix with the pesto. Leave to cool.

Meanwhile, roast the walnuts in a pan over medium heat for a few minutes. Remove from pan, let them cool and chop coarsely. Cook the bacon until crumbly. Remove from pan and leave to cool. Cook the chicken until done. Remove from pan and leave to cool.

Mix everything together. Serve with fresh basil and parmesan cheese and some greens on the side.

The Verdict
I served this with lettuce and cucumber - definitely suited it well!

I mostly liked this, but the walnuts were a bit overpowering (and I only used half of what the original recipe called for!!!). I think, if I were to make this again, I'd use a different kind of nuts instead... either hazelnuts, almonds or pine nuts. I also think it would improve with some mozzerella cheese. Either instead of or in addition to the parmesan cheese.

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