This is such a simple pasta dish and so similar to others I have posted that I almost didn't post it.... BUT.. I've been in a cooking slump lately, so if I didn't post it, I probably wouldn't have anything to post today... soooooo, this is what you get :)
Now you could easily make your own pesto... it would probably be tons better that way anyway, but I was lazy.... and my basil plant isn't THAT big yet, so had I made my own pesto, it would have used all the leaves, and we don't want that, so prepared, store bought was the way to go for me. And as I state in the recipe, quantities of ingredients are really by taste and how it looks. You want it to be a tiny bit creamy, it shouldn't be a runny sauce - unless you want it to be that is!
Penne and Chicken with Creamy Pesto Sauce
Adapted from My Recipes.com
8-10 oz penne pasta
1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and cut into bite size pieces
1/4-1/2 cup prepared pesto (depends on your taste, I used about 1/3 cup)
2-4 Tablespoons half and half or heavy cream
3/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
Fresh chopped basil - optional
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain well. Put pasta back in pot and add the chicken. Stir in pesto. Add the half and half or cream until the pasta is no longer dry and you have a creamy texture. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls or on plates and top with fresh chopped basil if desired. Enjoy!
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