It’s Friday and time to use up the left-overs in the fridge. In my case, that’s some cold roast chicken breast, a red pepper and some salad leaves. Here’s what I did.
Ingredients (for four)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, chopped
cold chicken, diced
1 jar Pesto (I used Roasted Pepper, but another flavour would do)
any other leftovers to serve
Bring a large pan of water to the boil. When it’s boiling well, add the pasta. Keep the lid off the pan until it comes back to the boil, then replace the lid and turn down the heat.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the chopped pepper and chopped chicken, and fry lightly to heat through and add a bit of colour .
When the pasta is done (about 5 minutes from the time it came back to the boil), drain it, then return it to the pan, and mix in the fried pepper and chicken, and the jar of pesto. Serve with grated parmesan, lots of black pepper and anything else you need to use up. In my case, I made a salad with the leaves, a few halved plum tomatoes, and some cucumber.
You can be creative with this, depending on what is in the fridge. You could chop and fry other meat, fish or vegetables, for example, bacon, courgettes, carrots, depending on what needs using up. If you have other vegetables that need a good home too, you could serve them instead of a salad with the pasta.