Dianne Bibby’s Chicken Pesto Pasta with Parmesan & Pine Nuts

Dianne Bibby's Chicken Pesto Pasta with Parmesan & Pine Nuts

Dianne Bibby’s Chicken Pesto Pasta
with Parmesan & Pine Nuts

Dianne says. “Ticking all the boxes for a midweek supper is rather hopeful, if not slightly ambitious. If however you see words like chicken, pesto, pasta, pine nuts and Parmesan all in one sentence, you can rest assured that something good is in the making. Throw in a couple more winning adjectives like quick, simple, totally delicious and tonight’s supper is a done deal. If you’re not yet out the door with the shopping list, perhaps the flashing 20 minute-on-the-table flag will nudge you into action. So, let’s do a quick re-cap. Tender chicken strips, coated in a creamed basil pesto sauce + Parmesan + pine nuts = 1 totally happy family and cook.  Job done!”

Chicken pesto pasta with Parmesan and pine nuts

Serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
10 free range, skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into strips
zest and juice of 1 lemon
pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)
1/4 cup basil pesto
250ml single cream
350g pasta
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, for serving
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve
baby basil leaves

Heat the olive oil in a wide, deep-sided pan. Season the chicken with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Cook for around 4 minutes, turn over and cook for several more minutes. Add the lemon zest, juice, chilli and basil pesto. Turn to coat the chicken in the pesto. Stir in the cream and half of the Parmesan cheese. Simmer for about 4 minutes until the sauce is slightly reduced and thickened.

Cook the pasta in plenty of well salted, boiling water. Before draining the pasta, reserve 125ml of the cooking water. Drain the cooked pasta and tip into the sauce. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce down if necessary. Turn the pasta out into a heated serving bowl and finish with the toasted pine nuts, Parmesan and basil leaves. Serve immediately.

Michael’s wine recommendation – CLICK HERE

Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2013

Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2013

Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby is a former fashion designer, turned food enthusiast and avid cook. At 36 she hung up her fashionable hat, tied on her kitchen apron and started on a new culinary journey.

Her kitchen is a creative gathering place where meals are shared with family and friends, celebrating life and nurturing our connectivity. For Dianne food is relational and pivotal to the way in which she expresses love, care and hospitality. Currently she spends most of her time developing recipes and teaching group cooking classes.

Says Dianne, “My food philosophy is relatively uncomplicated with inspiration being drawn from diverse global food trends and seasonal produce. My recipes are not exclusively tied to any particular food preference but rather an exploration of all foods that are vibrant and fresh.”

Dianne hopes that you will be motivated and inspired to try something new, making the time you spend in the kitchen deeply satisfying and rewarding.

She’d love to hear from you – CLICK HERE

May 18th, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |