Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Cherry Tomatoes and Burrata

"Saturday Night, a Glass of Wine (or 2 or 3) and a big bowl of Summer Pasta. Yes, please. Vegetarian Tip: Make this Pasta without the chicken and serve a side of grilled chicken breasts or grilled chicken slices. Let people chose chicken or not."
-- @dianemorrisey

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Prep time 30mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 1 pound box pasta of choice
  • 1 cup pesto, homemade or store bought
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped basil, plus more for garnish
  • 3 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 ( 8 oz) balls burrata, torn by hand
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • Step 1

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water before straining the pasta. After draining the pasta, place it back into the pot.

  • Step 2

    To the pasta, add pesto, the reserved pasta water, and parmesan. Mix until well combined, then add cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.

  • Step 3

    Add sliced chicken breast into the pasta and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

  • Step 4

    Transfer to a platter and top with burrata and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.