Photo Credit: Barilla

Nutty Rotini with Chicken and Raisins

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Toasted cashews deliver bonus protein while sweet golden raisins bring a touch of sweetness to this simple weekday pasta recipe. 

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Nutty Rotini with Chicken and Raisins

Toasted cashews deliver bonus protein while sweet golden raisins bring a touch of sweetness to this simple weekday pasta recipe. 
Course: Entree
Keyword: barilla, barilla pasta, cashews, chicken, nuts, pasta, raisins, rotini
Servings: 7
Author: Barilla

Ingredients

  • 1 box Barilla Rotini
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 15 basil leaves
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup toasted cashews
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (about 3 cups cooked & shredded)
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup red raisins
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  • Meanwhile in a blender, make the pesto by combining basil, nuts and garlic
  • Pulse for 15 seconds and then turn the blender to medium speed and drizzle in the olive oil and add in the ice cubes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the pasta according to the directions; drain and save 1 cup of the cooking water
  • In a large bowl, fold the pesto and two cheeses together along with 1 cup of pasta cooking water
  • Fold in the chicken, raisins and pasta; toss together until well combined
  • Serve warm or at room temperature and garnish with fresh basil leaves and extra cheese.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Barilla. 
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