Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy

Boil some pasta, rinse frozen peas, throw in some rotisserie chicken, a little pesto, a tablespoon of mayo, a quick squeeze of lemon…done and done!  Serve with salad.  Serve with dessert.  Serve with nothing; just have seconds!! Who doesn’t love pasta and who doesn’t love simple?  Serve cold, or warm.  Pre-make for a last minute dinner.  Pack left-overs for tomorrow’s lunches!  Here’s the recipe:
Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Peas
Serves 4
Simple and delicious, this makes a great side or meal!
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 lb small shell pasta or 1 lb fusilli
  2. 1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken, breast torn into bite-sized pieces
  3. 1/2 cup pesto, homemade or jarred
  4. 1/3 cup Hellmanns or Duke's mayonnaise
  5. 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  6. 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  7. salt and pepper to taste
For pesto
  1. 1 cup fresh basil
  2. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  3. 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  4. 1 large or 2 small cloves fresh garlic
  5. 1/4 cup olive oil
  6. salt and fresh ground pepper
  1. Boil pasta al dente according to box directions. While pasta cooks, prepare pesto, if making. If using jarred pesto, measure 1/2 cup and set aside. Rinse frozen peas until thawed and measure mayonnaise. Set aside.
For the pesto
  1. Mix basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper in a small food processor. Process until mixture forms a paste. Slowly drizzle olive oil until pesto is well-combined and fairly smooth.
  2. Place cooked and slightly cooled pasta into large bowl. Add chicken, pesto, mayonnaise, peas and half a lemon, squeezed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  1. Make ahead and refrigerate for a quick and tasty last-minute meal
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Don’t want to make your own pesto?  Save even more time by finding one you like in the grocery that you can just squeeze in or scoop from a jar! *something you may not know:  Do you suffer from inflammation?  Basil has anti-inflammatory properties. No need to single out those pine nuts to gain the health benefits!  Eating pine nuts or any nut will suppress your appetite and aid in weight loss.  Eating nuts may reduce the risk of heart disease as well.  A small handful is just enough to make a high-protein, satisfying snack. To make this recipe even healthier, use a low-fat mayonnaise and whole grain pasta.  Add diced carrots for added crunch and beta-carotene! If you feel overwhelmed by all the nutrition advice, calorie recommendations and diet trends, read these: Fact. Not Fad.Let’s Crunch Numbers!Help Me To Help You!
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