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Friday, August 20, 2010

Creamy Pesto Pasta

Creamy pasta with amazing flavors, comfort food at it's best.

1 lb pasta any shape
2 cooked chicken breasts and shredded (Optional)
8oz cream cheese
3/4 cup pesto
2 tablespoons smart balance or butter
1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
water to cook pasta and salt to flavor the water
reserve 1 cup of pasta water
Parmesan cheese for garnish

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions and drain.
2. In a large sauce pan melt butter add onion, peas & carrots, and garlic cook until vegetables are tender.
3. Add cream cheese, salt and pepper, pesto and pasta water stir until the cream cheese is melted add in chicken and pasta stir to coat and top with Parmesan cheese.

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