This spicy pesto pasta with chicken is in heavy rotation on our dinner menu…and it is delicious! My husband absolutely loves arugula and spinach (me, I’m not going to lie, I’d rather eat a cupcake), so when I watched Giada make this arugula and spinach pesto, I knew I had to try it.
The recipe is filled with healthy components…you get your green veggies from the arugula and spinach, and omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts and olive oil. I added chicken for extra lean protein and you could sustitute whole wheat or rice pasta. I also reduced the amount of cheese in the pesto.
You flavors are layered with great subtle kick from the jalapeno, pepper from the arugula and a nuttiness from the parmesan and walnuts…totally delish! It’s an easy weeknight meal and a great way to get kids (or anyone else who doesn’t like to eat their veggies:) to try spinach and arugula.