Pesto Chicken Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Goat Cheese & Walnuts

Pesto Chicken Pasta

with Brussels Sprouts, Goat Cheese & Walnuts

25 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

This pasta—which stars a hearty trio of sautéed chicken, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts—gets an irresistibly rich boost of flavor from three kinds of cheese (mascarpone, goat, and parmesan).

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  • Calories
    750 Cals (est.)
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Pesto Chicken Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Goat Cheese & Walnuts
Title
  • 1⅛ lbs Chopped Chicken Breast
  • ¾ lb Elicoidali Pasta
  • ½ lb Cremini Mushrooms
  • ½ lb Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ⅓ cup Basil Pesto
  • ¼ cup Roasted Walnuts
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • 2 Tbsps Spreadable Goat Cheese
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the brussels sprouts; quarter lengthwise. Cut the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Combine the quartered brussels sprouts, mushroom pieces, and chopped garlic in a bowl. Roughly chop the walnuts

Cook the pasta:
2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the chicken & vegetables:
3 Cook the chicken & vegetables:

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the prepared vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned and the chicken is cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
4 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked chicken and vegetables, goat cheese, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone and pesto until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the parmesan and chopped walnuts. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the brussels sprouts; quarter lengthwise. Cut the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Combine the quartered brussels sprouts, mushroom pieces, and chopped garlic in a bowl. Roughly chop the walnuts

2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the pasta:
Cook the chicken & vegetables:
3 Cook the chicken & vegetables:

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the prepared vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned and the chicken is cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

4 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked chicken and vegetables, goat cheese, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone and pesto until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the parmesan and chopped walnuts. Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
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