Tomato Pesto Pasta with Chicken by Joanne Turner

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  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 medium tomato, washed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts (or walnuts)
  • 2 tablespoons no-added-salt tomato paste


  • 150 g fettucine
  • 200 g skinless chicken breast
  • 120 g diced pumpkin
  • 1 large field mushroom, diced
  • ¼ cup shaved parmesan pepper, to taste
  • basil leaves, extra, for garnish


  1. Place all pesto ingredients in a small hand-held food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Boil 2 cups water in a saucepan and cook pasta according to packet instructions.
  3. Heat a non-stick frypan and brown the chicken, pumpkin and mushrooms over medium to high heat. Add pesto sauce and heat through, stirring to prevent sauce from sticking.
  4. Drain pasta and add to frypan over low heat and stir to combine.
  5. Using tongs, pick up pasta and in a twisting action lower pasta into a bowl, top with parmesan cheese, season with pepper and sprinkle with extra basil.


Health tip:  Pesto sauce is very high in folate. It is traditionally thinned with olive oil which makes it a high fat sauce. Using tomatoes adds flavour, vitamins and fibre without the excess kilojoules.

Diabetic Friendly: Alter serving size to 3 serves

Gluten Free: Use GF fettucine

Toddler Friendly: Whole nuts are not suitable for children under 5 years due to chocking risk

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: For a vegetarian option simply omit the chicken as protein is provided by the nuts, egg pasta and parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Analysis

Per serve: energy 2569 kJ, protein 40.7 g, fat 20.8 g, saturated fat 4.9 g, cholesterol 89.6 mg, carbohydrate 61.8 g, fibre 6.6 g, sodium 240.9 mg, GI low

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