Chicken and beetroot 'pesto’ pasta recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 1 hr to cook
  • 571 calories / serving
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The sweet and earthy flavours of roasted beetroot make a refreshing and delicious change in this chicken pesto pasta dish. A handful of crumbled goat’s cheese and grated Parmesan add a welcome creaminess to this tagliatelle dish that the whole family will love. 

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Put the beetroot wedges onto a 30cm square of tin foil, along with the fennel seeds, garlic and 1 tbsp of the oil. Season, then fold up into a parcel and seal. Put on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 45 mins, or until tender. 
  2. Meanwhile, wrap the chicken in another 30cm square of foil with the lemon juice and 1 tbsp oil. Cook in the oven for the last 25 mins of the beetroot’s cooking time, or until cooked through with no pink meat showing. Remove the parcels and leave to cool slightly. Unwrap the chicken and slice, reserving the cooking juices.
  3. Cook the tagliatelle in pan of boiling water following the pack instructions. Meanwhile, squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins and put in a food processor, along with half the roasted beetroot, the walnuts, Parmesan, parsley and remaining oil. Add 2 1⁄2-3 tbsp water and blitz to a purée. Season.
  4. Drain the tagliatelle, then toss with the remaining roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese, sliced chicken and a little of the chicken cooking juices. Spoon onto plates and drizzle over the beetroot pesto. Sprinkle over the extra parsley, as required. 

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  • Ingredients

  • 450g (14 1/2 oz) beetroot, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 250g (8 3/4oz) tagliatelle
  • 20g (3/4oz) walnuts, toasted or roasted
  • 20g Parmesan, finely grated
  • 1/2 x 30g pack fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus a little extra to serve
  • hard goat's cheese, crumbled, to serve
  • Energy 2405kj 571kcal 29%
  • Fat 22g 31%
  • Saturates 5g 27%
  • Sugars 10g 11%
  • Salt 0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 56.5g Protein 41.8g Fibre 0.1g


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