Justine's pesto pasta can be made with either chicken mince or leftover cooked chicken - whichever you have handy. It's quick, easy and scrumptious.


  • 120 ml extra-virgin olive oil

  • 400 g chicken mince

  • salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled

  • 25 g pine nuts

  • 2 large handfuls of basil leaves (about 160 g)

  • 40 g (½ cup) freshly grated parmesan, plus extra to serve

  • 400 g spaghetti


  • 1.

    Place a large frying pan over high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the mince and, using the back of a fork, crush to break up any lumps.

  • 2.

    Fry for 1 minute, then toss and cook for a further 3–4 minutes until the chicken turns white and is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

  • 3.

    To make the pesto, use a large mortar and pestle to combine the garlic and a pinch of salt. Pound to a thick paste. Add the pine nuts and pound until a crumb forms. Add a handful of basil leaves, drizzle in a little of the remaining oil and pound to bruise the leaves and release their flavour. Add another handful of basil and a bit more oil and pound until the leaves are crushed and a vibrant, fragrant thick green paste forms. Add the rest of the oil and the cheese and mix to combine. Set aside.

  • 4.

    Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti and cook for about 8 minutes until al dente. Drain and return to the pan.

  • 5.

    Stir in the cooked chicken mince, then add the pesto and toss until well combined.

  • 6.

    Serve immediately with a little extra parmesan, if you like.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 919kj
  • Fat Total 51g
  • Saturated Fat 10g
  • Protein 37g
  • Carbohydrate 77g
  • Sugar 3g
  • Sodium 661mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by Imogen89Report delicious...mouth watering.....i will also try this at home....