Chicken Pesto Penne


October 9, 2019

Chicken Pesto Penne 5 0 5 16
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 10 mins

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 10 mins

  • Yields: 6 servings


350g penne pasta

500g chicken fillet thighs diced

5 lg shallots sliced

4 slices short cut bacon finely diced

1 tsp minced garlic

300ml cooking cream

1 tin cream of chicken soup

190g jar basil pesto

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes sliced, reserve oil

1 cup baby spinach leaves

1 cup grated cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


1Brown chicken, garlic, bacon and shallots in reserved oil, in a pan if your slow cooker doesn't have a sear function

2Add all ingredients except pasta, spinach and cheeses. Combine well.

3Cook on low for 2 hrs

4Mean while boil pasta until just beginning to soften, drain and let cool.

5Add pasta to slow cooker, stir through.

6Place tea towel under the lid

7Cook on low for approximately 2 hrs or until pasta has expanded and sauce has thickened.

8Stir in baby spinach leaves.

9Layer with cheeses.

10Cook on low until cheese has melted.

Submitted by Kathy Flatman


25 Reviews

Margaret Duke

November 15, 2020

This was yummy! I added extra veges (carrot, corn, capsicum, onion) as I love veges. The next time I make it I will add more tomato and possibly more bacon, yum.

We loved this one 🙂
The leftovers reheated really well in the microwave the next day too 🙂
Decadent and delicious


November 8, 2020

Had this for dinner last night. It was amazing 😍. I substituted the soup with chicken stock and put uncooked pasta in and added splashes of water when needed. Husband said it was like being in an Italian restaurant


November 8, 2020

We used chicken breast instead of thighs as they are cheaper. Every one loved this, will definitely be on the favourite list for meals!

I’m using green onions (eschallots) when I cook it tomorrow .. the long green ones without the onion bulb on bottom (shallots)


November 4, 2020

Are the shallots, spring onions?
Looks delicious, planning on making this week!

stephanie pollock

October 9, 2020

New favourite
One of the best pasta dishes I’ve tasted.
Didn’t bother with the cheese at the end
Also used the condensed cream of chicken. Not sure if that’s right?
It reheated really well the next day too!

Liz Jones

October 2, 2020

Tried this tonight and it’s delicious, definitely one I’l make again!

Brittany Walters

September 20, 2020

So having a read of everyone else’s comments i too decided to add mushrooms, a dollop of mild English mustard and i felt it needed a touch of sweetness so chucked in some corn too!! i didn’t have bacon but i went ahead with it anyway! Delish!! I’m sure it’ll be delish with the bacon too!! I followed the amounts and the flavours weren’t overwhelming, i cut the tomatoes up finely and all my kids enjoyed it!

10/10 will make again, easy and delicious.


September 3, 2020

Good recipe. Fairly oily but not sure if that was me putting too much cheese or it was partly the soup (as I don’t normally use tinned soups). But hubby and toddler both enjoyed it and I will make it again when I’m wanting a creamy fattening but delicious meal in winter!

Jeannie Ansell

September 1, 2020

This was very delicious. Enjoyed by all. I added mushrooms , a little minced chillie but otherwise followed the recipe.

Julie Price

August 14, 2020

This recipe has so much flavour I only added half the pesto and was still flavoursome. This is a new favourite for the week. Will be cooking it again soon😊


August 11, 2020

Made this tonight for dinner
Was a MASSIVE hit with the entire family
The flavours are magical

Karen C

August 9, 2020

This is one of our favourites, just so full of flavour and yumminess lol if that is a word 😄

Manda Van Niekerk

June 20, 2020

Delicious! I added more spinach. This is a wonderful recipe.

Holly Lynch

June 18, 2020

This is a delicious chicken pasta dish. The basil pesto is a really lovely addition and it’s so easy to make. A real winner!

I would use tasty or cheddar style grated. If you swapped the creamy soup for broth it would be much more watery than creamy just beware


June 5, 2020

1 cup of grated cheese…….but what kind of cheese??? And has anyone substituted the cream of chicken soup with chicken broth? Thanks!

Leah Haskell

May 15, 2020

Do you think this would be ok to make and then freeze?


April 11, 2020

Made this today. Was simple and easy.
Didn’t use as much pesto as stated in the recipe, only used about half the jar, just for personal preference.
Was very rich, but delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed by the family. Will definitely make again.

Claire Bennett

March 28, 2020

My Daughter (Miss 20) cooked this the other day and everyone liked it, even the Daughter who cooked it as she doesn’t really like pasta dishes. This is definately on our list of rotations.

Sue Taylor

January 3, 2020

Delicious! All the family loved it. Used only sundried tomato pesto, not basil & omitted the extra tomatoes.

Nicola Livingston

December 27, 2019

I haven’t made this exact recipe, but we eat kosher so cant mix meat and milk so often use either soya cream or more recently I’ve discovered oat cream (and milk by a company called Oatly) There are also various dairy free cheeses from brands like Violife and Tofutti


December 26, 2019

Has anyone tried making this dairy free? How did you achieve it?

Ann Turnbull

October 24, 2019

Super easy, super tasty! Whole family loved it after coming home from a busy day. I followed the recipe exactly except for leaving out the cheeses (to please my fussy eaters).

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