Wednesday, February 01, 2012



I will tell you what has gotten into me: lunches. Deciding what I am going to eat for lunch is more taxing than deciding what I am going to wear to work. Must it be this way? Must life be so hard? I have several friends that teach for a living and I always am so envious when they talk about their cafeteria food, even when they are complaining. I would love a cafeteria where I could go and choose what I wanted every day, free of charge.

Until then, I have tried everything from frozen meals to PBJs to going home for lunch to turkey pitas to skipping it altogether and nothing is as easy OR filling as a leftover. Hence, I am cooking my tail off - not so I can have dinner. So I can have lunch.

So, tonight's recipe is brought to you from my friend Molly. I have no idea where she got it but let me know if you have seen something similar. This dish was so idiot-proof that the hardest part about it was opening the jars of pimentos and artichoke hearts.

Baked Pesto Chicken Pasta

16 oz box of bowtie pasta
2 and a half cups of shredded chicken (I just used 3 breasts)
1 cup pesto (they don't sell it in "cup" increments at the store; 8 oz = 1 cup)
1 can cream of mushroom soup*
4 oz jar of diced pimentos
4 oz jar of artichoke hearts*
1/4 cup of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to box and drain. Boil and shred chicken. Mix all ingredients but cheese. Spray a large dish with pam. Pour/spread mixture into dish and cover with parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

The asterisks are because I used my handy-dandy food processor to get the mushrooms in that soup ground into smithereens as well as chop up the artichoke hearts a little bit. Just a tip.



  1. I am frustrated with lunches too! I have 25 minutes to eat in a lunchroom full of LOUD 4th and 5th graders, so if my lunch stinks, then I am in an all around bad mood for the rest of the day! This sounds delish-I am trying it next week!

  2. Awesome! Let me know what you think!

  3. This Alabama public school teacher does not get free lunch. I even pay for ice. Ten cents per cup.

    And I'm done complaining now... :)

  4. yum! this sounds good and easy! thanks for the idea!


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