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Title: Pasta with Pesto and Chicken
Categories: Italian Pasta Sauce Poultry
Yield: 4 Servings

1 Recipe Egg Pasta (or 3/4 Lb farfalle or linguine)
1/3cParmesan cheese, grated
4 Clove garlic
1qtFresh basil leaves, loosely packed
1/3cPine nuts
3/4cOlive oil
1 1/4lbBoneless, skinless chicken breasts (4)
1tbVegetable oil

PREPARATION: Make the Egg Pasta dough; roll as thin as possible. For farfalle, cut dough into 1-inch wide strips; then cut each strip into 2 inch long pieces. Pinch each piece to form a bow-tie. OR cut dough into 1/8-inch wide strips for linguine.

For The Pesto, grate the cheese. Mash the garlic with the salt to form a smooth paste. Combine the garlic paste, basil, pine nuts, and olive oil in food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Stir in the cheese. NOTE: Can be made to this point several hours ahead.

COOKING AND SERVING: Heat the grill or broiler. Toss the chicken with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil or grill the chicken, turning once, until just cooked through, about 10 minutes total. Cut into bite-size pieces. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until tender, about 3 minutes for fresh pasta. Drain and return to pot. Toss with chicken and pesto sauce and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 4 servings.

[COOKS March-April 1988]