Trader Joe’s Pesto Genovese Chicken with Pasta

I’m currently in the process of moving to a new apartment, and with that comes the stresses of trying to avoid the takeout temptation every single night. The problem is, however, that I have absolutely no idea where half of my stuff is boxed. While this could be an easy excuse for me to get that personal pizza down the road, I’m fighting the urge (with a little help from my friend Trader Joe). Here’s a simple take on Trader Joe’s Pesto Genovese Chicken over pasta with more pesto sauce (can never get enough).

Ingredients

1 package Pesto Genovese Chicken Breast from Trader Joe’s

1 box whole grain rotini

2 packages Knorr Pesto sauce mix

Olive oil

Directions

  1. Get the water boiling for the pasta and sprinkle the water with some salt.
  2. In a separate small saucepan, dump in the two pesto sauce mixes with 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 1/2 cups water. Whisk together well and heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until boiling. Once sauce starts to boil, lower heat to simmer for 5 or so minutes.
  3. In a separate frying pan (I know, super chef on three burners!), pour a little bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the Pesto Genovese Chicken evenly in one layer in the pan. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  4. Once water is boiling, cook the pasta to package directions.
  5. Once everything is done, pour the saucepan of pesto sauce over the pasta and stir well until all combined. Then, place a piece of chicken over the pasta.
  6. Voila! Easy, delicious dinner! (Thanks TJ!)

Once you put it all together, here is the finished product! Delicious and it was a hit!

Trader Joe's Pesto Genovese Chicken with Pasta

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 package Pesto Genovese Chicken Breast from Trader Joe’s
1 box whole grain rotini
2 packages Knorr Pesto sauce mix
Olive oil

Directions:
1. Get the water boiling for the pasta and sprinkle the water with some salt.

2. In a separate small saucepan, dump in the two pesto sauce mixes with 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 1/2 cups water. Whisk together well and heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until boiling. Once sauce starts to boil, lower heat to simmer for 5 or so minutes.

3. In a separate frying pan (I know, super chef on three burners!), pour a little bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the Pesto Genovese Chicken evenly in one layer in the pan. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

4. Once water is boiling, cook the pasta to package directions.

5. Once everything is done, pour the saucepan of pesto sauce over the pasta and stir well until all combined. Then, place a piece of chicken over the pasta.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 14 points for one serving (this recipe makes about 6 servings). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.
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Veal Sauce Over Pasta

Here is the recipe for my absolute favorite meal from growing up.  The best part of it all?  It is so easy to make.  It’s almost hard to screw up!  And you are sure to impress anyone you serve it to.  Walking into the house after a long day and getting a whiff of the sautéed onions and garlic is one of the best moments of the week.

Ingredients

Note: Use whole wheat pasta if you are tracking WW points — saves 2 points per serving!

1 lb. ground veal

1 can 29 oz. Hunt’s Tomato Sauce

1 large red onion- chopped

1 tsp. chopped or minced garlic

1 box medium shells pasta (whole grain to save a few WW points)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Directions

1.  Saute onion in large skillet in extra virgin olive oil

2.  Once onions start to become translucent, add in garlic and stir

3.  When onions are almost fully translucent, add in ground veal and mix into the onions and garlic. Don’t let the garlic sit too long and burn!

4.  Mix veal until it turns completely brown

5.  Once veal is completely brown, drain the excess fat/oil (or let it burn off if there is not too much)

6.  Add in tomato sauce and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better — let those flavors sit!!)

7.  Boil pasta

8.  Serve veal sauce over pasta

9.  Voila!  The perfect meal for any occasion

Enjoy!!

Veal Sauce Over Pasta

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients
1 lb. ground veal
1 can 29 oz. Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1 large red onion- chopped
1 tsp. chopped or minced garlic
1 box whole grain medium shells pasta
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
1. Saute onion in large skillet in extra virgin olive oil
2. Once onions start to become translucent, add in garlic and stir
3. When onions are almost fully translucent, add in ground veal and mix into the onions and garlic
4. Mix veal until it turns completely brown
5. Once veal is completely brown, drain the excess fat/oil (or let it burn off if there is not too much)
6. Add in tomato sauce and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes
7. Boil pasta
8. Serve veal sauce over pasta
9. Voila! The perfect meal for any occasion

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 11 points for one serving (this recipe makes 4 servings) — *Note 11 points is using Barilla Whole Grain Pasta, not the pasta pictured – add 2 points for regular pasta.* Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the Weight Watchers app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.
**PPS: these calories are for 1/4 of a whole box of the whole grain pasta… a girl’s gotta eat!! To lessen the calories, cut the serving size to 2 oz. instead of 4 oz. of pasta.**