Pesto Chicken Pasta

I have a super easy pasta recipe for you today! I try to keep pasta to once a week but honestly, it is so tempting to make it every night. Pasta is so stinking cheap and filling! Even though I try to keep most dinners lower carb for my hubby, I feel like one high carb meal once a week won’t kill him. Especially since most nights consist of omelettes or chicken with a salad or roasted veggies. It is nice to have a little variety. (You can easily make this gluten free by using gluten free pasta but I am not sure about the amount of water you should use. You may need to drain the water since gluten free pasta needs more water due to the higher starch content.)


  • 1 box (1 lb) 100% whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 onion
  • 3 zucchini (or summer squash or a mix of both)
  • 1 cooked chicken breast chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cups pesto
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper


  1. Dice onion and squash and saute until onion is translucent. Add salt, pepper and 20180724_164908garlic powder.
  2. Add 5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Add pasta. Cook until pasta is done and water is absorbed.
  4. Add cooked chicken and stir in pesto.
  5. Enjoy!

Here is the price breakdown:

  • Organic 100% whole wheat pasta at Aldi- $.99
  • 1 Chicken breast at Costco- $23 for the pack- $1.91 per a chicken breast
  • 2 zucchini and 1 summer squash at Aldi- $0.99
  • onion at Aldi- $1.69 for 6- $0.28 for 1
  • Pesto at Costco- $4.99- 3/4 cup= $1.50

For a grand total= $5.67! And there is enough left for 1 person’s lunch tomorrow…I get first dibs!




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