Ever have one of those dinners that snuck up on you? By the time you arrive home from work, after filling the car up, and getting the mail its almost 8pm, where have the last three hours gone? This sugar snap pea pasta recipe works well in these situations because it requires very little prep time, and provides a healthy alternative to the frozen pizza from the freezer.
The gemelli pasta holds on to the pesto and parmesan cheese better than your basic noodles, thanks to its “s” shape. It really gives the pesto something to grab onto. The garlic in the pesto and the saltiness of the cheese helps to elevate the leftover rotisserie chicken transforming the leftover protein into a whole new dish. Sugar snap peas, an underrated vegetable in my opinion, sautéed provide a much needed contrast in texture to the soft chicken and pasta keeping your taste buds both interested and intrigued.
Whether you’re just looking for a creative way to use your leftover chicken or a quick dinner after a hectic day at the office this Sugar snap pea pasta with pesto chicken gemelli might just be the recipe you were looking for. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!
- 1 lb box of gemelli pasta or any corkscrew shaped pasta
- 1 leftover rotisserie chicken.
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 lb of sugar snap peas
- 2tablespoon butter
- ¾ cup prepared pesto
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese (divided)
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Prepare pasta according to instructions, minus one minute for al dente cooking time.
- In a separate pan over medium heat sauté the garlic in the two tablespoons of butter, sauté for approximately two minutes.
- Add the red pepper flakes, then the sugar snap peas to the pan stirring frequently until reaching desired doneness, set aside.
- Begin warming the chicken over low heat.
- Once the pasta has reached al dente, drain the pasta and put back into the pan adding the pesto and ¼ cup of the parmesan cheese.
- Stir until combined.
- Add the snap peas and chicken to the top of the serving bowl and top with the remaining cheese and an additional teaspoon of pesto if desired.