Easy Pesto Pasta

Who doesn’t need a fast and easy dinner idea for those busy weeknights? Whether you have a long commute, short commute, kids, no kids, gym sessions or no gym sessions…at the end of the day we’re all tired and recipes like these can be the difference between ordering takeout and eating something homemade and satisfying.

This pesto cream sauce pasta is just 5 ingredients and the longest part is waiting for the pasta to cook. The cream sauce comes together in no time and it’s so packed with flavor everyone will think you’d been slicing and dicing away making an intricate pesto sauce.

This also makes a great leftover lunch! One of my tips from when I plan to save a cream sauce for lunch is to scoop out a ladle of the sauce and set it aside. The next day, when you’re reheating the leftover pasta just pour the reserved sauce over top. It really helps bring back the right consistency since leftovers lose a little something once they’ve sat in the fridge.

Just look at those diced cherry tomatoes. I really love to add a lot of them to my bowl, their fresh coolness is the perfect pairing to the creamy pasta sauce.

Inexpensive, easy, quick, and only one thing to dice. What more could you want in a weeknight meal? Keep this recipe in your back pocket for nights where you feel cooking dinner is just too tiring…this one will save dinner!

-3/4 box mini penne pasta
-1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
-1/2 cup jarred pesto sauce
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1 and 1/2 cup light cream or half & half
-1 container fresh mozzarella balls (cherry size)

1. Cook pasta according to desired texture, for mini penne 7 minutes works for me. Pour into your strainer, give a few drizzles EVOO and stir in the strainer so that the noodles don’t stick.

2. In the large pot where you cooked your pasta, pour in the light cream, pesto, and Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 5-7 minutes.

3. When the sauce is finished, pour in the pasta and stir to coat. Garnish with the diced cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella…I like a lot of the diced tomatoes on mine, they really add a refreshing and cool flavor to the dish.

Enjoy!

Adapted from: Tasty

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