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Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

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An indescribably delicious pasta dish brimming with basil flavor and peppered with fresh diced tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups Fresh Basil Leaves
  • ½ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Peeled
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • ⅓ cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ¼ cups Grated Parmesan (additional)
  • 12 ounces, weight Pasta (cavitappi, Fusili, Etc.)
  • 2 whole Tomatoes, Diced

Preparation

Cook pasta until al dente.

Add basil leaves, 1/2 cup Parmesan, pine nuts, and salt and pepper to a food processor or blender. Turn machine on, then drizzle in olive oil while it mixes. Continue blending until combined, adding additional olive oil if needed. Set aside.

Heat cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add pesto and stir.

Drain pasta and place in a serving bowl. Pour pesto cream over the top. Toss to combine. Add diced tomatoes and toss quickly. Serve immediately.

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Falene Petrik on 4.9.2012

I’ve made this twice now and both times it was great!! The second time I didn’t have heavy cream and used cream cheese and milk instead…. I liked it more the second time!

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karann17 on 9.1.2011

This was delicious. Made it with fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden. Found a no fat substitute for the heavy cream. Take 1/2 cup non-fat milk and whisk in 1 Tbsp. cornstarch and 1/2 Tbsp. flour. You’ll never know it was non-fat.

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Melanie C. on 6.9.2011

Cannot wait to make this. Pasta+Pregnant/Hunger=Happy!

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moxie mama on 10.13.2012

BEWARE-licking your plate is a side effect of this dish! It will be a dish served in heaven. Whole family loved it!

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Megan (NutMegan) on 10.8.2012

An extraordinary dish! Bliss in a bowl(or on a plate)!

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Katie on 3.12.2012

This was great even though I didn’t include pine nuts for the pesto. I also added chunks of chicken. My husband thought this was better than the homemade chicken Alfredo I usually make.

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tesqui13 on 1.4.2012

This was just okay. I feel like it lacked substance and flavor.

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karann17 on 9.1.2011

This was amazing. Made with fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden. Substituted the heavy cream for a non-fat version. Just mix 1/2 cup non-fat milk with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch and 1/2 Tbsp. flour (whisk together). You’ll never know you didn’t use heavy cream.

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