Chicken Pesto Penne


October 9, 2019

Chicken Pesto Penne 5 0 5 2
  • 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


4 Reviews

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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