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arugula pesto pasta with caprese chicken sausage // cait's plate

arugula pesto pasta with caprese chicken sausage

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner


this easy meal comes together in just about 15 minutes. loaded with protein, fiber and heart-healthy fat, it’s a dish you’ll want to serve over and over again on busy weeknights!



For the Pesto:

  • 2 large handfuls arugula
  • 1 large handful fresh basil
  • 23 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese (sub nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

For the Pasta:

  • 1 14.5 oz. box farfalle pasta (or any kind you prefer!)
  • 4 pack of caprese chicken sausage (I used Gilbert’s), sliced into rounds
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Optional for serving: freshly chopped basil and shaved parmesan


For the Pesto:

  1. Combine all ingredients except for olive oil into a food processor.  Begin to process and slowly stream in olive oil until you’ve reached your desired consistency.  Add additional basil, garlic or parmesan as desired.

For the Pasta:

  • Cook pasta according to box instructions.
  • While pasta cooks, place a non-stick skillet over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil.  Add tomatoes and chicken sausage, tossing occasionally until tomatoes are tender and chicken sausage is browned on both sides.
  • When pasta is finished cooking, drain and toss with pesto then top with chicken sausage & tomato mixture, salt & pepper as desired, chopped basil and shredded parmesan cheese.

Keywords: dinner, pasta, family meal, chicken

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