Easy Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta!

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We really enjoy flavorful, homemade meals.  I’m always on the look out for simple meal ideas that I can put together without a whole lot of thought or extra preparation.  After all, I work at a campground!  Life should be simple, right?

This week I put together a super easy Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta using Barilla Traditional Pesto and Barilla Pronto Pasta.

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Getting off at 7:00 PM means we are not only hungry, but would really like something other than a hotdog over the campfire.  (Even though that never really gets old)!

This is an easy recipe and a delicious hearty family meal.

Grill the chicken ahead of time and you don’t have to put out a lot of effort to get this on the table in less than 30 minutes.  That is my kind of cooking!

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The secret? Barilla Pronto Pasta! This easy to make pasta was actually selected for a Better Homes & Gardens Best New Product Award for 2016!  I knew it would be a hit because Barilla is a brand I trust for great tasting, high quality, simple and wholesome meals.

And right now is a great time to try Barilla Pronto pasta!


For every box of Barilla® Pronto™ purchased at Walmart between 7/31/2016 and 10/31/2016, Barilla® will donate 10 meals to kids in need through No Kid Hungry, up to half-a-million meals.*

Easy Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta

1 lb. grilled chicken breasts, diced (you can grill it ahead of time and freeze it- perfect for a quick meal)
1 (12 oz) box Barilla Pronto Penne
1 jar Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup roasted pine nuts

grilled chicken pesto pasta

Barilla Pronto Pasta is perfect for one-pan pasta meals with no need to wait for water to boil, and no draining required.  It is available in several varieties including half-cut spaghetti, penne and rotini.  For this recipe, I used penne.

Simply add 3 cups cold water to a 12″ pan.  Pour in the pasta and turn the heat on high.  Set your timer for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

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After 10 minutes, the pasta has soaked up all the water and is ready for the rest of the ingredients!  Barilla Pronto not only saves time, but uses about 60% less energy and less water.  One Pan. No Boil. No Drain.


grilled chicken pesto pasta

Add in the Barilla Pesto Sauce, grilled chicken, parmesan cheese, roasted pine nuts and salt and pepper.  We love Barilla Pesto Sauce for this recipe because it combines authentic Italian herbs to create a flavor that is balanced and delicious.

Mix well and serve!

grilled chicken pesto pasta

I served it with baked wheat rolls and a nice green side salad.  The hubby was impressed!  I told him it was tough and I had been working hard in the kitchen all evening, cooking over a hot stove.  I stopped just short of dabbing some flour on my nose.

He told me that standing over a hot stove was good for me.  No sympathy here.  ha!  And then he ate two servings.  I think he might have liked it.

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You can find Barilla Pronto Pasta and Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto at your local Walmart in the pasta aisle.

Want another fun Barilla Pronto Penne recipe?

Check out Kellie’s Simple Penne with Pepperoni and Cheese.  This easy one-dish meal is another great addition to your recipe book!

What is your favorite one dish meal on a busy night?

*$1.00 can provide a child 10 healthy meals. This amount is based on individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

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