Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Veggies

  • Serves 4 servings

  • Prep Time 20 mins

  • Cook Time 10 mins


  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts, toasted

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves

  • 3 Tbsp. Promise® Light Spread, divided

  • 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

  • 1 small zucchini, halved and sliced

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup halved heirloom cherry tomatoes

  • 1/2 lb. whole wheat penne pasta, cooked and drained (reserve 1/4 cup pasta water)


  • In blender or food processor, process walnuts and garlic until finely chopped.

  • Add basil, parsley and 2 Tbsp.Promise® Light Spread and process just until blended. Set aside.

  • In large nonstick skillet, melt remaining 1 Tbsp. Spread and cook chicken, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until thoroughly cooked; remove and set aside.

  • In same skillet, add zucchini and onion and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until tender.

  • Return chicken to skillet; add tomatoes and toss over medium heat until chicken is hot and tomatoes soften slightly, about 1 minute.

  • Add hot penne, reserved pasta water and pesto and toss.

  • Serve with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.