HAPPY CANADA DAY! Be safe and well today!
This recipe is a good and quick one if you are heading out to your local festivities today. Of course, if you’re in Ottawa today, the third-largest party in the world (supposedly, the first-largest is New Year’s Eve in Kuala Lumpur, second is NYE in Times Square, NYC, and the third is Canada Day in our nation’s capital) is going to be extra big with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in attendance. You’re going to want to make sure you eat enough to have energy for the party.
The Pie wants me to let you know that normally, we use pesto that we’ve made ourselves from scratch, but that this year is a bad one for our basil, so we went with store-bought instead. But he wants you to know that normally we don’t stoop to such levels.
Set a pot of water a-boiling and fry up a couple (or a few) boneless, skinless chicken breasts. If you have leftover chicken lying around, this will do as well.
Once the chicken is cooked through, cube it up.
Leftover bacon? I know, it’s like a mythical creature. But we had some. So I shredded that.
We had some asparagus and cauliflower lying around, so I cut those up into bite-sized pieces as well. Whatever vegetables you have on hand will do, of course. Red peppers, perhaps, or onion.
Chuck enough pasta in your boiling pot to feed four and cook it according to the package instructions, usually for 10-12 minutes. We used whole wheat spaghetti here, but penne and rigatoni would work equally well.
For the last two minutes of your pasta cooking, chuck in your vegetables, just to get them a wee bit soft. If your vegetables are already cooked, I would skip this part, otherwise they might get soggy.
Drain the pasta and toss in your meats, as well as about a cup of pesto (the store-bought stuff, at least. If we’d made it from scratch we probably would have used less).
Toss well to coat the pasta and circulate the vegetables and meat, then serve, topped with grated parmesan cheese.
Utterly fantastic the next day as well. You can serve it hot or cold!