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One of the things most important to my blog is finding practical ideas to elevating everyday life. When it comes to cooking meals for my family, I’m constantly on the look out for quick, easy and nutritious options. That’s why Barilla® Pronto™ works so well for me. Previously, I used Barilla Pasta Pronto to make a Caprese pesto penne, but I wanted to see what else I could create. This time, I made a super yummy creamy chicken pesto penne with mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes.
The entire dish took me less than 20 minutes to make. The longest part was browning the chicken, which still was so simple. Plus, using the same pot to cook all the ingredients means I was layering flavors as I went. I’m a huge fan of the Barilla Pasta Pronto because it saves so much time, while also saving water and energy. I can create a delicious meal using only one pot and not very much water — significantly less than if you boiled your pasta.
Besides saving resources, Barilla is also helping hungry kids. For every box of Barilla® Pronto™ purchased at Walmart between 7/31/2016 and 10/31/2016, Barilla® will donate 10 meals to kids in need through No Kid Hungry, up to half-a-million meals.* That’s pretty amazing to me. It always makes me feel good when my purchases help others.
If you want to try out Barilla Pasta Pronto, it comes in a variety of cuts, including spaghetti, penne and rotini. It also cooks so well (I like mine al dente) and it maintains it shape and texture. I chose to use their pesto sauce because it has authentic Italian herbs so the flavor is delicious and it is 100% all natural.
Interested in more Barilla pasta recipes? Here’s a one pan mac and cheese I’m dying to try. Plus, you can earn $0.50 when you purchase any Barilla Pronto pasta product at Walmart with this Ibotta offer. You can find the Barilla Pasta Pronto in the pasta aisle at Walmart. Just make sure to pick the box that says Pronto!
If you want to try making my creamy chicken pesto penne, it is so simple and took me less than 20 minutes. You only need 6 main ingredients to make this delicious dish. My kids and my husband loved it! I’ll definitely be making this one again. It is perfect for a weeknight meal when I don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen.
Creamy Chicken Pesto Penne with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms
1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, sliced into strips
1 box of Barilla Penne Pasta Pronto
1 jar of Barilla Pesto Sauce
6 oz mushrooms
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped into strips
1 cup milk
salt & pepper, to taste
Fresh basil, for topping
Cook pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, add some olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
To create the sauce, first season and brown the chicken. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add more olive oil to the pan, and cook mushrooms until lightly browned. Add the sundried tomatoes, milk and pesto. Mix the sauce until well combined.
Add the chicken and pasta back into the sauce mixture and mix until combined. Serve the pasta hot topped with some shredded basil.
*$1.00 can provide a child 10 healthy meals. This amount is based on individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.