Creamy Pesto & Tomato Pasta

I have to admit, that this is probably my billionth post on a recipe with pesto involved. I must concede that I am pretty keen on the stuff. So, having had a long day of dreaming about one of my favorite comfort foods (pasta!), I decided to make a modified version of one of my favorites.

I actually think this recipe is almost so ridiculously easy that I feel a little guilty even calling it that. But, I love to share new food ideas about anything that tastes good so, we whipped out the camera for a few glamor shots before we sat down for dinner. :)

We used whole wheat pasta in this and garnished with freshly grated parmesan. I had some leftover heavy cream from making a bit of Butterscotch Rum Ganache, so I thought this would be the perfect way to use it all up. Just another yummy and quick pasta dish!


Creamy Pesto & Tomato Pasta


  • 12 oz. whole wheat pasta
  • 4.5 oz. Basil Pesto (recipe) or Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • Garnish: Grated Parmesan & Fresh Basil


  1. Cook pasta until al dente.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat cream and butter over medium-low heat. Add pesto and stir until well incorporated. Remove from heat.
  3. Drain pasta and place in a serving bowl. Pour in creamy pesto sauce and toss until evenly coated. Toss in tomatoes, mix, and serve garnished with basil and grated parmesan.

Source: slightly modified from The Pioneer Woman

9 Responses to “Creamy Pesto & Tomato Pasta”

  1. looks fabulous! i’ve been craving a grilled cheese and pesto sandwich lately!

  2. yummy!! i have oodles of basil I need to get using again!

  3. Bev Weidner says:

    Yes. Yes, and YES. I need that in my face, RIGHT NOW.

  4. i have everything needed and was looking for a quick tasty dish that would be good for leftovers as im back to Uni soon and these kind of recipes are PRICELESS! Basically – great post, will make, and will love im sure :)

  5. Urban Wife says:

    This will be on the dinner menu tonight! I have some fresh basil that is quickly going bad. No better way to use it up than with fresh, homemade pesto. :)

  6. Awesome recipe, Megan! I love basil with any kind of pasta!

  7. Karen says:

    This is an awsome recipe. Love pesto and I’m so happy that I planted the amount of basil that I did this summer.

  8. Michelle says:

    Yum, yum, and yum! I always buy whole wheat pasta, but my pics never turn out as appetizing as these. You’re making me a bit green here, along with hungry. : )

  9. eliana says:

    I’m a pesto freak! So this recipe would certainly make me do the happy dance.