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Chicken Pesto Tortellini

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.
Perfect for this hot summer day!!
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  1. That looks SO yummy! I am definitely going to have to try it. I was also reading your post about basil. I LOVE basil! We get a TON of it from our CSA and I make pesto with it. SO good!
    Thanks so much for stopping by the Foodie Mommie. I am definitely following you back!

  2. This looks and sounds delish!
    Love the spelling of your name!


  3. This sounds delicious! I just bought basil this week to make pesto...for the first time! That is just too funny!

  4. Can't wait to try this recipe!!

    New follower here from Friendly Friday :)

  5. Looks delicious! Love the flavors in this dish.

  6. Thanks for visiting me at deal-licious debby. Your blog is soooo yummy and I look forward to getting ideas for cooking here. I'm your newest follower!!

  7. Everything looks great, and you sure made me hungry.
    I’m stopping by from Foodie Friday.
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  8. Yum! Pesto is good on everything!

  9. I love skillet meals! This looks fantastic!

    Thanks for joining me for Friday Favorites!

  10. Anything with Balsamic is good! Sounds and looks like a delicious meal!

  11. I tried this recipe tonight. Loved it!! and totally healthy too! Do you mind if I post a link on my recipe blog? both my 5 year old and 1 1/2 year old ate it up.


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