This is the recipe that launched a (relation)ship. B made me this when we first began dating, and it really impressed me - that he could make a recipe up (at that point, I couldn't even really follow one that someone had already written down). His creativity and taste won me over immediately.
So when he asked me what I wanted him to cook me for my birthday, I naturally said this: THE chicken pesto pasta business.
I know, I know. It's a week late. But we were so stuffed last week after all the good food from my parents and heavens, all the birthday and wedding cakes, that I didn't even WANT dinner last Sunday night, much less something this wonderful. So we held off.
It was better to wait. This meal is hearty, (presumably) healthy, and absolutely delicious. You want to be hungry when you eat it. Plus, it's easy and relatively quick. Make it for your love ASAP - or better yet, have him/her make it for YOU!
Chicken pesto pasta business
2 chicken breasts
1 red onion
marinated artichoke hearts (you can choose the amount)
pasta of choice (we use whole wheat rotini)
Slice red onion into 4-5 thick slices (depending on size of onion).
Brush onion slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
Grill chicken and onion slices until desired level of doneness (obviously with the chicken, you want that sucker fully cooked)
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Dice chicken and onion, along with marinated artichoke hearts.
Mix with cooked pasta, along with pesto sauce.
Feel free to play around with ingredients and amounts of each.