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Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pasta

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 pound Farfelle Pasta or bowtie pasta cooked al dente
  • 1/3 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 pound protein your choice chicken cubes, shrimp, ground turkey, chicken sausage
  • 1/2 cup Pesto
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped Sundried Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh Basil for garnish torn or chopped


  • Cook pasta al dente, even a little under done, because pasta is going to continue to cook with sauce. I cooked my pasta for 6 minutes. Reserve 1/3 cup pasta water before draining pasta. Set pasta aside.
  • In a large shallow pan cook protein, in a tablespoon of olive oil, until fully cooked, letting it get a little browned, this adds flavor.
  • Now toss in cooked pasta, pesto, cream, and pasta water, toss until fully incorporated then add lemon juice, sundried tomatoes, cook for just a few minutes. Remove from heat top with fresh basil and....


Note: I used precooked chicken sausage for this recipe. However, I have used chicken breast cubes, ground chicken or turkey, and shrimp. Or no protein at all works too.
Keyword tomato pasta