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Fusilli with red pesto, chicken & vegetables

on 02/02/2009

A tasty & quick pasta dinner!

I wanted pasta for dinner & I had a pot or red sundried tomato pesto, so I made this!

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Recipe: For 2 persons, with seconds
Ingredients:
2 white onions, peeled & finely sliced
2 sweet bell peppers, washed, pad dry with kitchen paper, seeds & white bits removed, cut into little pieces
100 gr frozen peas
250 gr fusilli pasta
Black pepper
Maldon sea salt, grinded
red pesto, made from sun dried tomatos & basil ,bought in a jar: 4 heaped coffee spoons
Provencal dried herbs
chicken fillets, cleaned & cut into chunks
olive oil or baking margarine
Fresh parsley, cleaned & finely chopped
Gruyère cheese, grated, to serve
Method:
1. Take a large cooking pot & fill with hot water. Bring to the boil. When boiling, add the pasta. Add a bit of olive oil. Cook until al dente. Drain. Keep warm.
2. In the meantime, take a large non stick pan & heat up on high heat. When hot, add baking margarine or olive oil. Add the cut up onions & half of the sweet bell peppers. Fry until cooked trough & golden. Season to taste with black pepper & dried Provencal herbs. I do not add salt because the red pesto is salty!
Put the fried onions & bell peppers in a pot & keep warm. Do the same with the remaining pepper pieces. Season to taste with the black pepper & dried herbs. Turn the heat off.
3. At the same time, take another large pan & heat up on high. Pour baking margarine in the pan. When sizzling, add the chicken chunks. Fry until golden on both sides & cooked trough. Season with sea salt & black pepper & some dried Provencal herbs. Turn the heat off. Set aside & keep warm. Mix everything together in the same pot.
4. On this heat, heat a little pot with hot water. Bring to the boil. When boiling, add the frozen peas & cook until al dente! With me, that was 10 minutes.Turn the heat off. Drain. Add with the rest of the mix. Add the drained pasta. Add the chicken. Now, add the 4 heaped coffee spoons of red pesto to the mix. Mix well. Taste again. Season with extra black pepper if necessary. Add a bit of sea salt if needed. It has to taste fabulous!
5. Take your serving plates & plate up! Scatter some freshly chopped parsley over the top & enjoy! This is also good with Gruyère cheese!
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21 responses to “Fusilli with red pesto, chicken & vegetables

  1. The red pesto sounds delicious for this pasta!

  2. Nina says:

    This pasta looks so good! yum Yum!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This looks like tomorrow’s dinner!:)!

  4. Red pesto! Sophie, that’s a good one.

  5. I love pasta with chunks of bell pepper and this sundried tomato red pesto sounds yummy.

  6. Sounds sinfully delicious. I am sure that the sun dried tomatoes and red bell peppers lend a delicate sweetness to the pasta, and the grated gruyere cheese is pungent and strong.

  7. Susan says:

    This pasta dish looks incrediby delish!

  8. What a delicious and colorful pasta dish!

  9. Ben says:

    This pasta was delicious, thanks, Sophie!

  10. Tomas says:

    This pasta dish was so good & yummy, Sophie!! Thanks!!!

  11. Marie says:

    MMMMMM…Sophie!! This looks so yummie :)!!!

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