Another Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato Cream Penne

This delicious Pesto chicken with tomato cream penne is to die for! With a healthy Pesto olive oil dressing, it's about as light as a pasta can be! If you're watching the midsection but still craving a creamy pasta dish, this ones for you. If you're not too concerned about the calorie count, try substituting your skim milk for some half & half for an even creamier dish.

Chicken can be prepared in so many different ways, but a good pesto chicken pasta is a classic that has been around since the Roman ages, when the ancient Romans would eat a paste called Moretum. Moretum was a blend of crushed cheese, garlic and herbs. This basil heavy paste would form the origin story for modern day Pesto. Pesto was a european dish primarily, and even though it was featured in Sunset magazine back in 1946, most North Americans had never heard of it until the 1990s!

Now common place at the North American dinner table, pesto is such a simple but healthy sauce. The most common Pesto ingredients (olive oil, basil, garlic and parmesan cheese) have actually been proven to help protect your heart and lower risk of chronic disease! While the olive oil in Pesto is quite fatty, it is considered heart-healthy fat as opposed to the nasty trans fats we all know to avoid. The healthy fats of a good Pesto sauce can both lower blood cholesterol and help stabilize your blood sugars, as well. If you're looking to cut back on a bit of that fat though, a Pesto-light recipe is available as well. Simply implement a ratio of three parts low-salt chicken or vegetable broth to every one part of olive oil and voila, you've got Pesto-light!

If you still aren't convinced on the health benefits of Pesto, try it yourself! This Pesto chicken pasta is simple, easy, and tastes great.

Now it is time for you to enjoy! The link to the recipe is found on the MyRecipes website below.

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