*This is probably one of my families favorite meals to eat, and my favorite meal to make. Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes. It's the easiest thing to throw together on a busy weeknight, and it's great dish when you have to bring meals to others!*
When Boo was first born, I will never forget all of the emotions I was experiencing. Scared, excited, overjoyed, blessed, freaking out, worried, emotional, irrational, tired, delirious, thirsty, and hungry.
And probably 456 other emotions that I can't remember...
Oh yea, memory loss.
When Boo was about two weeks old, and all of the family had headed back home, I remember feeling like "Oh my gosh...what do I do? How do I take care of her? What if she coughs? How come I can't hold my pee when I laugh? Also, I am I seeing things or am I just tired?"
My husband was deep in the middle of finals for grad school and I was scared out of my mind every time he left that morning for school. I knew it would be at least 10 hours before I saw him, and probably 6 hours before I talked to him. I was eating random things here and there, and drinking straight from a bottle of cranberry juice...
It was kind of...a beautiful mess. (So to speak.)
I was fully in love with my little new born, but hadn't quite figured out how to live life as a new mom. I felt alone a lot, but at the same time so comforted knowing that she was always with me.
Then one night when my husband was studying late at school, there was a knock on my apartment door. I opened the door to find a lady and her young daughter smiling so big with handfuls of food. I knew this lady just a little bit from church, and had maybe talked to her once. She had just moved to our area after going through a horrible experience in her life and had ended up living in our apartment complex.
She stood there with this hot pasta dish, bread, a huge salad, and a delicious homemade strawberry pie.
I'm pretty sure I balled my eyes out (and tried not to pee my pants) as she told me she had brought our family dinner because she knew the joys and stresses of being a new mom. As they held sweet Boo in their arms, all I could think about was how in that moment I wasn't alone, and there was someone watching out for me. And even despite what this beautiful woman was going through, she had found the time to serve someone else, and help someone in need.
I'll never forget that experience, and to this day I can still taste that strawberry pie.
At the beginning of this month, my girls and I made a goal to bring someone food every week. Not always a full meal, maybe some homemade bread or fresh cookies. For me, food is such a comfort, and I love sharing that with others.
This pasta dish has been one of my tried and true recipes from time to time as I've brought dinners to others. It's SO easy, which is kind of a necessity if you are making dinner for not only YOUR family but someone else's.
Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes
This dish is SUPER simple and can come together quickly when you need a quick weeknight dinner! Also, it's the perfect dish to deliver to other families!
- 1 pound, or a little more, pasta of choice. (The recipe works best with a tortellini pasta filled with cheese.)
- 1-1 1/2 c. pesto, jarred or fresh (or 1 jar.)
- 1-2 cups sundried tomatoes, we prefer more :)
- 1-1 1/2 c. chopped canned artichokes
- 1-2 cups shredded chicken
- 8 oz mozzarella pears
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Strain pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the pesto, tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken and mix until combined.
- Sprinkle the top with the mozzarella pears.
- Serve and enjoy!
I'm so grateful for moments like that. Times where I felt comfort even when I was scared.
Also, I'm grateful I don't pee my pants any more. Unless I cough, sneeze, jump on a trampoline, and run...
So so grateful.
Would you guys like to be apart of something amazing?! Join my girls and I bring others a food of comfort one time each week for at least a month! Let's make others feel loved! xoxoxo