When I had Parmesan and chicken pasta on my menu plan a reader asked for the recipe, so here it is! I got it from the book Eat Cheap but Eat Well* by Charles Mattocks. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, so this recipe is actually my adaptations.


  • 12 oz. pasta (I used bow tie)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus a little extra)
  • 2 chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (after seeing the price of a block of Parmesan I decided to just use grated Parmesan, although the fresh stuff probably does taste better.)


  1. Cook chicken in a pan with a little olive oil and some seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder)
  2. While chicken is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and put it back in the pot, tossing with olive oil.
  3. Once chicken is cooked, mix it in with the pasta and add basil, Parmesan, and more salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Enjoy!

This post is linked at Michelle’s Tasty Creations and A Thrifty Mom.

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3 Responses to “Parmesan & Basil Chicken Pasta”

  1. YUM! I love pasta dishes and this one looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great weekend.


  2. Block parmesan is expensive, but you’ll be surprised at how much you get out of one block of cheese when you use a fine grater.

  3. Fresh parm is better and not really that expensive. I had a small block but grated all of it and the leftovers filled two sandwich ziptop bags after I used what I needed for the recipe I was making. Try it sometime and I doubt you will ever use the stuff in the green cardboard box again.

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