Chicken Pesto Florentine Pasta

My life is no busier than anyone else’s, however, I still feel like I am always behind schedule. Regardless of my best intentions to plan ahead and be prepared, I feel like I am always scrambling. This is especially true when it comes to making healthy and great tasting dinners for the husband and me. Typically I start the week or month out prepping and planning for meals, I get a few days in and lose steam, I get discouraged and end up resorting to take out or store bought frozen meals. Not that store bought frozen meals are not okay, I just want to steer towards more healthy options for my family.

Knowing that I struggle, it is important that i come up with a list of go to meals, ready at a moments notice. Healthy options that can help me succeed at dinner and meal planning. There is nothing more simple than pasta dishes. Here it is another simple and more importantly quick dinner that you can make on any weeknight in under 30 minutes.

When I am not in a rush, I switch out the store bought Pesto and Alfredo sauce for homemade, it takes a bit more time, but then you know exactly what is in the food your family works.


  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 2 TBL Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 oz Alfredo sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 clove garlic (or as much as you want!)
  • 2 TBL Pesto (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 6 oz Penne pasta
  • 1 Tomato
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Step 1: Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and cook on the stove top with extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Chicken should be slightly brown and cooked all the way through.

Step 2: While chicken is cooking, boil noodles, I usually add a little salt, and some oil to make sure the pot doesn’t boil over. Strain and set aside.

Step 3: Add spinach to chicken and cook until wilted.

Step 4: Add Pesto and Alfredo sauce to the pasta, stir until well coated, add chicken and spinach.

Step 5: Move to serving plate top with cut tomatoes and Parmesan cheese and serve.

If you like left overs, save some without the tomatoes for easy reheating.

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