It was so hot in my house that I needed something that would not required the oven. I made some fresh pesto today for the first time so I wanted to do something with it. Remember my basil craving?? I had hubby grill some chicken breasts and I used what veggies I had in the fridge added a few other ingredients and voila!! Dinner is served. It was a huge hit. Even the picky eater had thirds!!
Pesto Chicken Tortellini
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms (or more)
1/2 cup diced onions
1 small zucchini, sliced and quartered
1/2 cup ham, pepperoni, bacon or sausage (Optional)
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 cup olives, sliced
1/2 cup pesto
3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (Girard's Creamy Balsamic is good!!)
Optional: shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 package frozen Tortellini, cooked according to package directions and drained.
Heat olive oil in a saute pan. Add onion, mushrooms and zucchini. Saute a few minutes on medium heat until onion becomes transparent and veggies are cooked.
Stir in chicken and ham (or other meat if desired) and heat for just a few minutes. Add tortellini, tomatoes, olives, pesto and vinaigrette dressing. Stir to combine.
If desired garnish with a little shredded Mozzarella cheese.
**You could use any type pasta and the veggies your family likes. This is a very versatile recipe.
Enjoy!! I also think it would be great served cold.