Chicken Pesto Pasta Pairing: 2022 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Chicken Pesto Pasta Pairing: 2022 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4

½ pound penne pasta about 2 ½ cups dry (half of a one pound box)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized chunks
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup half and half or all milk/cream
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup freshly shredded Mozzarella
½ cup fresh basil pesto or more, to taste
Fresh basil for garnish, if desired


  1. Boil pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and olive oil, then add minced garlic, italian seasoning and diced chicken breast. Season with salt and pepper and cook until chicken is no longer pink, stirring chicken a couple of times to brown on all sides. Transfer chicken to a plate and discard any liquid in the skillet.
  3. Return skillet to the stove over medium heat and melt butter. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, about 3 minutes.
  4. Whisk in chicken broth and half & half and bring to a boil. If it begins to boil too rapidly, turn the heat down a little. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in pesto and cheeses. Add the pasta and chicken and stir to coat. Garnish with fresh chopped basil and fresh cracked black pepper.


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