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When we made this yummy pesto, we had to make something to go with it, right? So my daughter came up with her own recipe tonight and I let her roll with it. Not only was it wonderful, but I loved how she added special little touches like fresh spinach, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Nice to have a break and sit back and watch your little one create. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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You will need:

  • 1.5 lbs of chicken tenders or sliced boneless chicken
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups of fresh pesto (recipe here)
  • 1 lb box of rotini ( I use Dreamfields)
  • 16oz of fresh cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 12oz of button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cube of olive oil & herb butter spread from Saute Express
  • 1/4 of a lemon (squeezed or 1 tbs of lemon juice)
  • 1 small clove of garlic crushed and minced
  • handful of fresh basil (julienned)
  • 1/2 cup approx. of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

pc2In a saute pan, add about 1/4 of a cup of olive oil, enough to cover the bottom of the pan, then drop in the cube of saute express, minced garlic and the chicken. Saute this until chicken is done.

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While the chicken is cooking, go ahead and cook your noodles. Set aside in a strainer to drain.

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Add another 1/4 cup of olive oil.

pc8Add the fresh mushrooms and 2 tbs of Pesto into the chicken. Gently stir through. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes to let the flavor seep into the chicken and mushrooms.

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While the chicken is simmering, you can cut your veggies.

pc9Add the rotini to a large mixing bowl.

pc10Add your chicken and mushrooms right into the bowl over the pasta.

pc11Pour the remaining Pesto right into the bowl.

pc12Add your fresh tomatoes.

pc13Add the julienned basil.

pc14Lay your spinach right on top and mix it all together.

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You want to make sure every bit of pasta is coated with the Pesto. Pour into your favorite serving dish and sprinkle the parmesan cheese right over the top.

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Beautiful, right? Wait until you taste it! Serve with some crusty bread and you have the perfect meal.

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