Spinach Pesto Linguine w/Goat Cheese and Chicken

7:50 AM

When I decide what we’re having for dinner, I always think about how to make it fun for the kids.  Dinner time is much more pleasant when there’s no whining and fussing about the food in front of them.  It’s nice to hear them cheering when they see what I’m fixing for supper too.  This recipe received big smiles all around.
I also think it’s important to educate their palettes early on.  If you do this, you’re less likely to have a picky-eater.  Don’t get me wrong, my kids definitely favor regular “kid” food.  It’s nice to see them try different things over the holidays without begging them to.
What You Will Need:
¾ lb thinly sliced, skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
10 oz frozen  chopped spinach
¾ C grated parmesan
2 T pine nuts
1 T dried basil
3 T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 C chopped onion
1 (14.5 oz) can petit diced tomatoes, drained
½ (3 oz) packet of plain goat cheese
What You Already Have:
½ lb thin linguine
Microwaveable-safe bowl
Food processor
Large skillet
Large pot
1)      Place frozen in microwaveable-safe bowl and heat for 90 seconds.  Drain and squeeze moisture out.  (Doesn’t have to be 100% thawed)
2)      Transfer to food processor.  Add parmesan, basil and pine nuts.  Turn on food processor and pour in 2 T olive oil.  Chop until smooth.  Set aside.

3)      Heat 1 T olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onions and garlic.
4)      Add chicken to skillet and cook until no longer pink. 

5)      Stir in tomatoes and spinach pesto and heat through over low to moderate heat.

6)      Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and put back in pot.
7)      Stir in spinach mixture and goat cheese with pasta.

8)      Serve.

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  1. awesome combination! will definitely try this...

  2. This sounds really delish! I love goat cheese and love all the spinach in there!

  3. YUM! I love every ingredient in this dish, so will HAVE to try it!
    Thanks so much for sharing:)

    (Spotted your blog on the voiceBoks members list)

  4. Yummy! I'm not sure about the goat cheese but I would probably give it a try!!!

    Thanks for sharing...stopping by from voiceBoks!

  5. What a great recipe, sounds wonderful! I'm glad I'm getting a chance to catch up with the VoiceBoks hop, I have wanted to check this post out and didn't have time! I always love to visit your great site!

  6. Yum! I'm curious to know what your kids thought???

    Sadie via vB weekend

  7. Each time I visit you have a better recipe than before! You´re a super chef! Wish I could cook like you ; )

    See you around, your friend from VoiceBoks


  8. That looks delicious! I wish I was a better cook so I could try it out, but anything with more than three ingredients freaks me out, lol. Visiting from VB!

  9. wow, this is something new...my husband loves pesto but i never tried it this way! thanks for sharing your recipe, will try it someday! visiting from FTF and wishing you a great weekend! :)

  10. This looks amazing! I've never made pesto, but I'd like to try now :)

  11. You have the yummiest recipes. I should come over to your house for dinner; J/K I live in Nevada. It's always great to visit you from voiceBoks.
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  12. wow! it looks very interesting and kudos for the effort of posting a photo every step.

  13. wow, looks delicious! im craving..

    visiting from FTF!

    here's mine:


    hope to see you, thanks!

  14. Oooh pesto! I miss making one when I used to work in the kitche. I'm not sure if my family would like it though. Doing my hop from this week's FTF! Here's mine:

    Breakfast for Dinner at The Food Encounters.

  15. This sounds so good! I love goat cheese but my family won't even try it. Maybe this will change their minds, will try it this week!

    Love your recipes, visiting from vB! :)

  16. Oh my word this looks delicious!!! I will definitely be adding this to my meal plan for next week!!!
    Visiting from VB

  17. Good enough to eat off the screen! Saying hi from #voiceboks!

  18. I'm stopping by from voiceBoks! Ha, and now I am starving for linguini, pesto and chicken...

  19. Oooohhh... you are making my mouth water! I can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  20. Looks gorgeous - have never thought of doing a spinach pesto - I totally adore pesto....bookmarking this to try!!!!

  21. I've made this and blogged about it - linking back to you of course! I made mine with chorizo and it turned out great - lovely idea to use the spinach!!!


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