This pasta dish is incredibly easy, full of flavor and has a two pot cleanup. Just my style.
Something I’ve started doing is cooking chicken breasts in a crockpot, shredding and keeping in the fridge. You can use it for anything throughout the week – quesadillas, pasta, sandwiches, etc.
Easy Crockpot Shredded Chicken
1 cup chicken broth (I was out so I actually used 1 cup water and 1TB olive oil)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
4 chicken breasts
Cook on high for 3 hours. Remove, shred and you’re done.
Pesto Pasta Ingredients:
1 lb. rigatoni or pasta of your choice
1/2 small onion
2 TB olive oil
1/4 cup pesto – you can always add more!
salt & pepper to taste
sprinkle of parmesan
Optional: chopped fresh basil, pine nuts
Optional: grilled or shredded chicken, grilled or sautéed shrimp
Cook pasta al dente. In a nonstick skillet or pan, saute onions in olive oil at medium-low until translucent (a few minutes). Add pesto, let simmer while pasta cooks.
Once drained, combine pasta and onion + pesto combo. Mix in some parmesan cheese, s&p to taste and top with basil.
Garlic Bread Ingredients:
baguette, dinner roll, whatever you have!
garlic – I used 2 cloves for 1/2 loaf, you could use 4 for a full loaf
butter – I used 1.5 TB for 1/2 loaf, you could also use olive oil
fresh parsley – I used 2 TB for 1/2 loaf
sprinkle of salt
sprinkle of parmesan
Mix butter, salt, chopped garlic and parsley together. Apply to bread and sprinkle with parmesan. Stick in the oven or toaster oven at 425 for around 5 minutes.
That’s it! I usually keep some spaghetti noodles and rigatoni in the pantry because when I’m in a pinch, this is a quick and easy dinner that can be on the table in 20-30 minutes. Another great part about a beginner’s herb garden – you can quickly elevate any meal with some of your fresh herbs. I almost always have a jar or container of pesto because we use it on pizza and pastas all the time – so easy!
If you have any quick quarantine meals, I’d love to hear! Thanks so much for reading and you can find more recipes in the “food + drink” category of CBL. XO –