Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

"This recipe is a simple, fast, one dish meal,yet elegant enough for company dinners. Just add a green salad and some garlic bread. I make this whenever I have some leftover chicken breasts."
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  • In a large pot with boiling salted water cook pasta according to directions until al dente.
  • Drain.
  • Meanwhile, blanch broccoli florets in a medium size saucepan for 2 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  • In large saute pan add the minced garlic and pesto sauce and olive oil, cooking over medium high heat for for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, broccoli, cooked chicken, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.
  • Stir to mix well and until heated.
  • Add cooked pasta to saute pan and stir to blend.
  • Add Parmesan cheese, fresh chopped basil and serve warm.

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  1. This was about the yummiest thing I've ever made. Husband and four year old loved it too. We didn't use the red pepper flakes, and I used frozen broccoli and probably had more than half a pound. Magnificent! Thank you!
  2. This has it all: quick, simple, tasty, and fairly healthy too! I added some diced fresh red capsicum (bell pepper) with the garlic as I didn't have the things to make a salad. The broccoli was easily added to the pasta pot in the last few minutes to save washing another pot, and I cooked the diced chicken in the pan before removing and starting the garlic, etc. Definitely a keeper!
  3. This was a good recipe. For my family, I will make a couple of adjustments next time. I will use less pasta and once I get everything except the parmesan mixed, I plan on putting it in a 13x9 baking dish. I will sprinkle the parmesan on top and bake for 15-20 min at 350. Thanks for a keeper.
  4. I have five kids, and it is rare that I can fix something everyone will eat. My family loved this dish! Easy and a good fit for a wide range of tastes. I will definitely fix this again.
  5. This was very simple, yet very good! I used a bit more parm. cheese, and red pepper flakes!! The basil is a beautiful touch. Served with a salad as suggested and cheesy garlic toast with parsley. Nice meal.. everyone was impressed!


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