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Blogging Marathon# 54: Week 1/ Day 3

Theme: Vegetarian Italian dishes

Dish: Creamy Pesto Pasta

Kids sure are very unpredictable. My son is the picky eater in the house and my daughter is an adventurous eater, but they are slowly reversing their likes. The little one is becoming too picky and doesn’t want to try anything new.

I made this creamy pesto pasta for dinner one day and since I wasn’t sure if the kids would like it, I made them something else too. But my son declared that pesto sauce is his second favorite pasta sauce right after marinara sauce. Then my little one tried a little bit and wanted to eat it for her dinner too. So the kids ate most of the pasta and the adults ended up eating what I made for the kids.

Thanks to summer, I had fresh basil in my container garden that I used to make this pesto. It is so convenient to just walk outside and get what I need — I love summers.

Pesto is usually mixed with pasta and served. This is a richer and creamier version with heavy cream and butter. It is quick and easy dish that is fancy enough to feed company or picky kids.

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Creamy Pesto Pasta Yum
Rich and creamy pasta dish with pesto, cream and butter. It is quick and easy dish that is fancy enough to feed company or picky kids.
Creamy Pesto Pasta
Course noodles pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Pasta Short cut (Penne, rotini, elbows or any short cut pasta)
  • 1 cup Basil
  • 3 tbsps Pine nuts walnuts nuts Toasted , cans be substituted with or other
  • 2 cloves Garlic , peeled and crushed
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese pasta +more for the , grated
  • 3 ~ 4 tbsp Extra virgin Olive oil
  • ¼ ~ ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Cherry tomatoes , halved (or 2 medium tomatoes diced)
  • to taste Salt Pepper &
Course noodles pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Pasta Short cut (Penne, rotini, elbows or any short cut pasta)
  • 1 cup Basil
  • 3 tbsps Pine nuts walnuts nuts Toasted , cans be substituted with or other
  • 2 cloves Garlic , peeled and crushed
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese pasta +more for the , grated
  • 3 ~ 4 tbsp Extra virgin Olive oil
  • ¼ ~ ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Cherry tomatoes , halved (or 2 medium tomatoes diced)
  • to taste Salt Pepper &
Creamy Pesto Pasta
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and reserve a cup of pasta cooking water.
  2. In the meantime, in a food processor combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt & pepper. Pulse a few times to blend the ingredients. With the machine running, drizzle olive oil until a smooth paste forms. Set aside.
  3. In a pan, heat the butter and heavy cream over medium-low flame. Stir in pesto, whisk to combine and turn off the heat. Add the cooked pasta, chopped tomatoes and additional grated cheese and mix well. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

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12 thoughts on “Creamy Pesto Pasta”

  1. I am glad the kids liked this version of pasta.I too love summer, though the ‘container basil’ is there in my wish list as well, don;t know whether i will actually go ahead with that plan.

  2. kids are funny – sometimes the things you think they will love they wont go near and vice versa – I don’t think anyone can resist this yummy creamy pasta!

  3. kids are funny – sometimes the things you think they will love they wont go near and vice versa – I don’t think anyone can resist this yummy creamy pasta!

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