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Chicken and Pesto Pasta

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Chicken and Pesto Pasta
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 8
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Chicken and Pesto Pasta

A delicious and healthy pasta with chicken, sundried tomatoes, and pesto.


(16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
teaspoon olive oil
cloves garlic, minced
cups boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into strips
cup Progresso™ refrigerated original basil pesto


  • 1 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the bow tie pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or al dente. Drain the pasta.
  • 2 Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the chicken and the red pepper. Cook the chicken until it is about 4-5 minutes or until done.
  • 3 In a large bowl combine the cooked pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto. Toss until coated evenly.
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5 Pastas Under 400 Calories

As prepared by Girl Who Ate Everything,

Pasta dinners are easy, quick and leave few dishes in their wake. Best yet -- with proper portioning, they can be a filling lower-calorie meal too!

My dishwasher is broken. Supposedly they’ve ordered a part and it will be fixed next week. I had no idea how spoiled I was by modern day appliances. Now, I have no motivation to cook. I love cooking but dishes, don’t love those.

I told my husband I was NOT cooking dinner until it was fixed. But after a couple nights of eating out, I realized I would rather hand wash dishes from four Thanksgiving dinners than have to control my children out at a restaurant. Not to mention that I tend to eat soooo much more when I go out to eat. Swimsuit season is almost here and I have some baby weight I’m still trying to drop.

People have a misconception that pasta is completely off limits when you’re trying to watch what you eat. Absolutely not! The key is portion control and sticking to lighter sauces.

Bowl of Pasta

This Chicken and Pesto Pasta is healthy, easy, and most important to me right now….does not leave a pile of dishes in the sink. This pasta is infused with garlic, chicken, and flavorful sun-dried tomatoes and then tossed with some pesto all in one pot.

One Pot Pasta Dinner

I love this basil pesto from Progresso. I’ve tried a lot of pestos and this one is by far my favorite.

Progresso Pesto

There you have it; an easy and light pasta around 330 calories.

Bowl of Pesto Pasta

You can’t beat that!

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