Pesto Chicken Pasta

I have a super easy pasta recipe for you today! I try to keep pasta to once a week but honestly, it is so tempting to make it every night. Pasta is so stinking cheap and filling! Even though I try to keep most dinners lower carb for my hubby, I feel like one high carb meal once a week won’t kill him. Especially since most nights consist of omelettes or chicken with a salad or roasted veggies. It is nice to have a little variety. (You can easily make this gluten free by using gluten free pasta but I am not sure about the amount of water you should use. You may need to drain the water since gluten free pasta needs more water due to the higher starch content.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (1 lb) 100% whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 onion
  • 3 zucchini (or summer squash or a mix of both)
  • 1 cooked chicken breast chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cups pesto
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Dice onion and squash and saute until onion is translucent. Add salt, pepper and 20180724_164908garlic powder.
  2. Add 5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Add pasta. Cook until pasta is done and water is absorbed.
  4. Add cooked chicken and stir in pesto.
  5. Enjoy!

Here is the price breakdown:

  • Organic 100% whole wheat pasta at Aldi- $.99
  • 1 Chicken breast at Costco- $23 for the pack- $1.91 per a chicken breast
  • 2 zucchini and 1 summer squash at Aldi- $0.99
  • onion at Aldi- $1.69 for 6- $0.28 for 1
  • Pesto at Costco- $4.99- 3/4 cup= $1.50

For a grand total= $5.67! And there is enough left for 1 person’s lunch tomorrow…I get first dibs!

 

 

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