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Pesto Chicken Mug Pasta

This pesto chicken mug pasta cooks up in the microwave in under 10 minutes for an easy and healthy lunch on the go!
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1
Calories: 370kcal


  • ½ cup pasta see notes
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons pesto
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup spinach torn
  • ½ cup cooked chicken breast cubed
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • pinch red pepper flakes


  • Place the pasta and ⅔ cup of water in a meal mug. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Place a paper towel under the mug, and heat on high (NO LID) for 5 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
  • After the 5 minutes is up, stir the pasta and add the remaining ⅓ cup of water. Heat for 2-3 more minutes (NO LID), or until pasta is cooked through.
  • Stir in the pesto until pasta is coated. Add in the tomatoes, spinach and chicken, then microwave on high for 30 seconds-1 minute (LID ON), until spinach is wilted and tomatoes are soft.
  • Stir in the cheese, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, and enjoy!



This recipe works great with small pasta shapes. I've successfully tested macaroni, fusili and penne.


Serving: 1mug | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2303IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 2mg