Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells

This was almost our dinner for tonight. I found it on Pinterest and was waiting for just the right time to make it. Sadly, we had something come up and I won't be home much over the next couple of days. Thought I'd share the recipe, though. If I do get a chance to make it over the weekend, I'll let you all know how it turned out. (although, just looking at this photo leads me to believe it is lip-smacking-ly good!)

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells
(this is an original Joelen recipe)

  • 12-16 jumbo pasta shells 
  • water for boiling pasta 
  • 4oz cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese + 1/4 cup for topping 
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto (homemade or store bought) 
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pot over high heat, boil water and prepare pasta shells as directed on package. Cook pasta shells only until al dente. The pasta will finish cooking when the dish is baked. Drain the pasta shells and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, except the 1/4 cup of cheese for the topping. Fill the pasta shells with the filling and place in a baking dish.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese over filled shells.

Bake shells uncovered for 30 minutes or until shells are bubbling hot and cheese melts.

Doesn't it look delish?! Obviously, the credit is not mine. Here's the link to Joelen's blog, What's Cookin' Chicago.  She has loads of great looking recipes on her site. Definitely worth checking her out.

I'll be linking up with some of these parties:

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  1. Oh my goodness, one click and I am so very hungry. Everything looks delicious. LOVE your page.
    Following on Linky, hope you'll stop by and follow too.
    Much love!

  2. Hi,
    Following you from the Linky followers blog hop. If you'd like to follow back I can be found at


  3. Following you back, Mary. Can't wait to check out your recipes!

  4. That looks so darn good, I can't stand it.

  5. So sorry about your friend's father.
    Take care,

  6. sorry about your loss.
    The pesto in this recipe I bet is what makes it zoo yummy as it blends with all those other favorites...thanks!!

  7. So sorry for your friend's loss.

    New follower via the Linky Party Hop.
    I hope you will stop by my blog, say hello and follow me back!

  8. LOOKS so good!! ;)

    Newest Linky Follower!! PLEASE follow me back!!

  9. I'm so sorry for the loss. This will make a great comfort food meal, though, once you get back home ....

  10. Hi Mary. Thank you for the kind words when visiting my blog. Sorry to hear about your friend. I will have to check into some of these other linky parties you have listed. Happy Valentine's Day!

  11. Looks delicious...Sorry you haven't gotten to enjoy it yet!

    Found you on the blog hop. Can't wait to read more!

  12. Sorry to hear your news :(,this meal looks great I would love to try it,so glad you will be joining us on Creative Mondays and welcome to the weekend hop :)Thanks for following back on LT ,going to now follow back on GFC too,see you at Creative Mondays :)

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about your friends' dad- it's always hard to see our friends mourn.
    The recipe is making me hunnnngry.
    I found you at the Linky party, now a follower. Would love for you to come visit me.

  14. Stopping by from the Linky Follower Party Hop!

  15. Sorry about your loss. Thank you for this yummy looking recipe! I think I can do this one!
    I also, wanted to stop by and give you an award. Please stop by my blog when you have time and pick it up!

  16. HI
    Following you from linky followers blog hop. Please stop by and follow me if you have a chance-

  17. Mary! You tempt me so! God, those look so good.

  18. That looks fabulous! I love a good food blog and am so going to be pinning your recipes!

  19. Yumm! That looks good! I'm going to make it the Saturday! Thanks!

    Dropping by from the Linky Hop! New Linky follower! Can I get a follow back please? Thanks!


  20. Hello! Stopping by from the linky hop! :)

  21. You're right this does look delicious and sounds quite simple. Thanks for sharing!

  22. sorry for your loss!

    first time here and love the informal nice space going to be a regular here :)


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