Well this is a transfer from the standard baked items on Wednesdays! I know! And there is a superb explanation for that!

One, I haven’t been in the kitchen much these final couple of weeks. And the alternative is that if it’s round – I will eat it. There is not any baked right that would escape me as soon as I actually have it in my sights.

So we have needed to make a transfer. But fortuitously there are still PLENTY of summery baked goods to percentage with you now that I even have returned logged a few.

Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Pesto-Pasta

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound asparagus, woody ends cut off
  • Olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces rotini pasta, gluten free if needed
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Pecorino Romano or parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • Fresh chopped basil and more Pecorino Romano for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and put into a large serving bowl.
  2. While the pasta cooks, preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Season the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. On a baking sheet lined with foil lay the asparagus out in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  4. Grill the chicken for approximately 4-6 minutes then flip over and grill another 4-6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°-165° F. Let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting it.
  5. While the chicken cooks place the prepared asparagus onto the grill grates horizontally. Grill for 2 minutes then roll or flip them over with tongs and grill another 1-2 minutes. Cut into approximately 2 inch pieces.
  6. Add the chopped chicken and asparagus to the bowl with the pasta. Add in the pesto, lemon juice and shredded romano or parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and toss everything together until coated. Taste for seasoning. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and chopped fresh basil if desired. Serve warm or cold.

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