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This is a super easy go-to pasta to make for the whole family! There are so many variations to this meal so you can really add what you please- not to mention Harper loves it!

Below are the three different ways I make it!

Chicken + Mushroom: Chicken, mushroom, semi-dried tomatoes

Vegetarian: capsicum, mushroom, olives, spinach leaves, semi dried tomatoes + pine nuts

Steph’s Fave: diced ham, pine nuts + spinach leaves


  • Choose which way you would like to have your pasta e.g. ham or chicken or vegetarian
  • Pasta of your choice (fettuccine, penne or spiral pasta are great)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Can Diced tomatoes (this makes it extra creamy)
  • 1-2 Jars of Pesto (depending on how strong you like the taste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli (if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic paste
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Added extras: spinach leaves

To add in for the little ones : finely diced broccoli (i secretly add this in to Harpers meal and she doesn’t even know!)


  1. Boil your pasta
  2. Dice up your chicken or ham (if this is your chosen way) and cook in a large pan (you will be using this pan to throw the pasta and ingredients in)
  3. Throw in any ingredients such as mushrooms, vegetables, pine nuts (but not spinach leave that to last)
  4. Once Pasta is cooked, drain and add into pan with the other ingredients
  5. Mix together and add 1 -2 jars of pesto, drizzle of olive oil, chilli, garlic, 1/4 can diced tomatoes
  6. Taste to determine if you would like to add any extra pesto
  7. Throw in any extras such as spinach leaves(or add in the kids hidden vegetables) and mix together
  8. Your done!
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