Pasta with Homemade Pesto Cream Sauce

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Hearty. Savory. Flavorful. What more could you ask for in a pasta dish? This homemade pesto cream sauce is best top on of cavatappi pasta and served with fresh roma tomatoes!

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

I’ve been struggling to figure out what to make for dinner lately, and Pinterest isn’t doing it. The recipes always have a ton of meat or just look way too cheesy. So what’s a gal to do? Ahh, I know! Browse the 297498 cookbooks she has! Yep! That’s just what I did. I decided on a recipe from Pioneer Woman for the most delicious pasta! My family loved it and my husband said it was the best meal I’ve made in months (hahaha, apparently I’ve really been slacking in the dinner making department!)

I changed things up just a bit, per our liking and this dish was amazing!

Ingredients

  • heavy cream
  • butter
  • homemade basil pesto sauce: basil leave, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic coves, salt & pepper, extra-virgin olive oil
  • pasta, cavatappi, cooked to al dente

Let’s Make It Together!

  1. Make the basil pesto – HERE’S the full recipe tutorial
Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

2. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook cavatappi pasta al dente

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

3. In a large sauce pan, heat cream and add butter, whisk

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

4. Add homemade basil pesto

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

5. Add grated Parmesan cheese

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

6. Whisk everything together

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

7. Add pasta to the sauce pan and combine

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

8. Add diced tomatoes, they will become the perfect warm temperature from the pasta and sauce

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

9. Dish and serve!!!

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

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Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

Pasta with Homemade Pesto Cream Sauce

Hearty. Savory. Flavorful. What more could you ask for in a pasta dish? This homemade pesto cream sauce is best top on of cavatappi pasta and served with fresh roma tomatoes!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5 people

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 c fresh bail leaves
  • 3/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tbs pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little more if needed
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 12 oz cavatappi pasta
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced

Instructions
 

Pasta Noodles

  • Bring a large stock pot of water to boil. Cook cavatappi pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Basil Pesto

  • In a food processor, combine basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt & pepper. Pulse/blend
  • Add extra-virgin olive oil and pulse/blend again until you've reached the desired consistency for the pesto
  • Set aside or store in a Mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days

Cream Sauce

  • In a large saucepan, heat the heavy cream, add in butter. Whisk
  • Add in basil pesto sauce, whisk
  • Add Parmesan cheese, whisk
  • Add pasta and stir
  • Add in diced tomatoes and serve immediately!
Keyword basil, pasta
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