Method Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pesto Bow Ties


Method Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pesto Bow Ties, Toasted pecans add unexpected warmth and crunch to this creamy pasta dish.


  • 2 c. broccoli florets
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 2 clove garlic
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 oz. Parmesan
  • 4 oz. mascarpone or cream cheese
  • 2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken
  • ⅓ c. chopped toasted pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 lb. farfalle
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes


  1. Cook the broccoli in boiling salted water until tender, 5 minutes; remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Add pasta to water and cook according to package directions; drain.
  2. Process basil, garlic, oil, lemon zest, red pepper, and Parmesan in a food processer until finely chopped. Add broccoli and pulse until coarsely chopped, 4 to 6 times. Season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Stir broccoli pesto and mascarpone into pasta until well coated; fold in chicken.