Dinner in 15 Minutes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

If you're like me, sometimes you like spending time preparing a thoughtful dinner. And sometimes life is such a whirlwind, you're challenged to get anything on the table before everyone gives up and eats cheese and crackers.

This recipe is so simple, it's barely a recipe at all. When I say you can have dinner on the table in fifteen minutes, I mean it - start the countdown when you put the pasta water on the boil. If you don't have leftover cooked chicken in the fridge, it'll take a little longer, but if you cut the breasts in quarters and cook them while the pasta is cooking, it won't be much longer. And you can save the cheese and crackers for another occasion.


Fusilli with chicken, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1 1/2 cups dry fusilli (if you’re using a larger pasta, you’ll need more)
1/3 cup basil pesto
6 Tbsp diced oil-packed, sun-dried tomatoes, drained
salt and pepper

Bring a pot of boiling water to a boil, and cook the fusilli for 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

Add cubed chicken, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. Stir and serve. Can be served warm or at room temperature.


Season to taste.

25 comments:

Bonnie said...

This sounds perfect for dinner after a long school day. Thanks for sharing! I hope you are having a great weekend!

Julie said...

Looks delicious. I am all about those 15 minute dinners, especially on Monday's. Have a good week!

Stephen Tremp said...

I love putting sun dried tomatoes in my good. Fettucini Alfredo with chicken and sun dried tomatoes added with brocolli al dente. Love that dish!

Marcela said...

best dinner ever! Quick and tasty! Thanks for sharing, Beth!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Dinner in fifteen minutes is very appealing to me, especially one that looks this tasty! :)

Angie Schneider said...

It's simple, quick and very delicious!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I love quick dinner recipes. I could convert it to vegetarian. Thanks.

Barbara said...

Speedy pasta dinners? Right up my alley, Beth!. Love the pesto addition.

I Wilkerson said...

I turn my CSA basil into frozen pesto every fall, so pasta with pesto sauce and any available meat (often frozen shrimp) is one of our quick dinners too. Sun dried tomatoes sounds like a nice addition,

Agness Walewinder said...

Brown pasta is my favourite. Omomomomom!! Loooooooooooooooooove it :) Great recipe!

Valerie Gamine said...

Yes, to all things pasta + pesto!

Gloria Baker said...

I love fusilli and this plate look delicious!

Laura Dembowski said...

Love quick and easy dinners! This one looks awesome!

Jemi Fraser said...

I've done something quite similar sometimes - there are days you just need to be quick!

Kelsey said...

the perfect filling dinner i'd say. well made!

Joanne said...

How did you know I have nights like that? And more than I'd care to admit! Love this simple pasta dish.

Cakelaw said...

Yum, this looks and sounds delicious. And Beth, I am always short of time, so anything quick and easy and tasty is a winner in my books.

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

I love quick, simple, flavorful dinners like this - it looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

nancy at good food matters said...

so many people need a super-fast recipe like this one to get through a busy work week.
this looks so tasty, and can be made easily--great work, Beth!

lisa is cooking said...

I love a quick meal with great flavor like this one! The sun-dried tomatoes and pesto sound delicious.

Kayte said...

This looks good and you can't beat the time factor! Love quick meals that look like you spent a lot of time on them.

Juliana Levine said...

Great dish, especially that was place together in 15 minutes...looks delicious! I love pesto sauce...
Have a great week Beth :)

Caroline Taylor said...

Dinner in 15 minutes is always welcome in my house!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Quick dinners like this can be a live-saver sometimes, can't they? And this one is so full of flavor! I could live on pasta. And chicken. ;-) Good stuff -- thanks.

Tricia Buice said...

This is a wonderful idea - thank you. I get weary of trying to get something on the table every night. Sometimes a bowl of cereal is all I want. This is speaking to me and will have to give it a try soon! Lovely!

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