Macaroni and Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Dinnertime.  The worst time of day for me.  Even though I love my work, after a day of shooting and testing recipes for the blog or clients, I kind of just want to sit back and relax with a glass of wine or two. But alas, my repertoire also includes being a mom, housewife, cleaner, dishwasher, cook, teacher…I can really go on all day here…

Macaroni and Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Guys, I’m all for quick dinners.  I am also all for a bowl of pasta.  And pesto. And parmesan.  These bowls of goodness combines some of my favorite ingredients.

Macaroni and Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

So first off, you have macaroni.  Don’t sell this humble ingredient short.  It has been a saving grace in our house more than once a month – just look at this Mac and Cheese I made a while ago.

Macaroni and Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Then, pesto.  You simply cannot have a meal that’s bad when pesto is involved. You can use any pesto for this recipe, but I chose to use all the leftover herbs I had in the fridge after shooting – and it came out great.

Macaroni and Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

I decided to make a quick pasta sauce with some red peppers and fresh tomatoes – kick it up a notch by adding some chili to the mix.  Or simply buy a jar of pasta sauce – I get you, no judgement here.

Macaroni and Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Have a great one!

Macaroni and Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

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Macaroni and Pesto Chicken with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce
A great dinner idea that consists of cooked macaroni with pesto chicken smothered in a red pepper and tomato sauce.
Votes: 3
Rating: 4.33
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 15 min
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 15 min
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Votes: 3
Rating: 4.33
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Cover the macaroni with water in a pot and add olive oil and salt. Boil until al dente.
  2. While the macaroni is cooking, place the herbs, almonds, parmesan and garlic in a pestle and mortar and grind until you have a paste. Add olive oil to smooth it out. Set aside.
  3. Next, heat the butter in a saucepan and brown the chicken fillets until done. Season.
  4. Place the chicken in a mixing bowl and cover with fresh pesto. Set aside.
  5. Next, cut the pepper into pieces and grill in the oven until roasted.
  6. Transfer the roasted peppers and blanched tomatoes with the chili in a small saucepan and simmer for a few minutes. Blend in a food processor until smooth.
  7. Combine the macaroni with pesto chicken and smother in red pepper and tomato sauce.
  8. Serve with parmesan.
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