Life’s a Feast: Creamy pesto, bacon and chicken pappardelle

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This dish is perfect for a busy week-night. It allows you to walk into your kitchen and back out again in 15 minutes – with a steaming hot bowl of creamy pesto pasta goodness! You can bump up the nutritional content with the addition of some steamed vegetables. However, if you, like many, like to stick to the 80/20 diet (80 per cent good nutrition, 20 per cent not so good), this could be part of the latter should you choose not to add anything extra. My whole family (especially me) love this creamy divineness, with its fast and simple execution. Enjoy!

PREP TIME: 5 mins

COOK TIME: 10 mins

SERVES: 4 people

Ingredients

350g-400g fresh pappardelle (or just use any pasta in the pantry)

2 free-range chicken breasts, sliced in half longways then sliced thinly and seasoned with salt and pepper

2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

6-7 rashers streaky bacon, thinly-sliced

2 good handfuls spinach

300ml cream

200ml creme fraiche

4 heaped tablespoons of pesto (I used Genoese brand)

Squeeze of lemon juice

Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

1.Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Once boiling add your chosen pasta and cook according to the packet instructions. Whilst this is cooking make the sauce.

2.Take a large frypan and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Heat to a medium-high heat, more high than medium. In two batches, fry your chicken each side until golden brown, about 1 minute each side. Remove from heat and set aside.

3.Take your sliced bacon and pop into the same hot pan. Once it starts turning golden, tip in your garlic and combine, ensuring bacon is golden all over and the garlic softened.

4.Next pour in your creme fraiche, cream and pesto. Thoroughly combine and tip the chicken back in.

5.Bring back to the simmer and add a little lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

6.Drain pasta and tip into the sauce. Thoroughly combine.

7.Serve immediately, dividing the pasta evenly amongst four bowls ensuring an even spread of bacon and chicken. If you choose, top with some chopped fresh basil or parsley and Parmesan cheese.

NB:If adding steamed veges, put in after step five.