Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta

by Mindy on October 5, 2009

I love Erin’s pesto… well, actually, it is Barefoot Contessa, I think. But Erin is the one who introduced me to the recipe, so I think of it as hers. :) I have already made this pesto twice this year. Once with my sweet mom and once on my own with my own home grown sweet basil to freeze for later use. Pesto is the best on everything… but this time I used it with a super easy and delicous recipe I adapted from THISwebsite (I think it is We used our fresh garden tomatoes, which along with the fresh pesto was WONDERFUL!

Basil Pesto Pasta
Submitted by Mindy

1/4 cup basilpesto (Pesto recipe already posted by Erin… it’s the best!)
1/4 lb penne pasta
1.5-2 cups tomatoes
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Basil leaves
Shredded parmesan cheese
Prepare Basil Pesto. Store in refrigerator or freeze until ready to serve. (Click on “pesto” above to go to the recipe, which was previously posted by Erin. It is the BEST!!!) Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Just before draining the pasta into a colander, remove 1/4 cup of pasta water; set aside. Drain the pasta, put back in the pot, and then stir in the Basil Pesto and the reserved pasta water, a little at a time, to create a sauce. Add diced tomatoes and toss to coat thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste. Transfer onto individual serving plates and garnish with sliced fresh basil leaves and shavings of Parmesan cheese.Makes 2 servings.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ferni's Food October 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm

yummy that pasta looks delicious I have been craving pesto like no other lately.


2 Marci October 6, 2009 at 7:15 am

I am so honored that you tried some of my recipes :)…I come to this blog for recipes ALL the time! I should be better about commenting though!


3 ColesCreations October 6, 2009 at 9:01 am

Yummy!!!! Can't wait to try this one :)


4 Eliana October 6, 2009 at 11:50 am

I absolutely love Pesto. I make it in large batches all the time and freeze it so that I always have some.


5 Lara October 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I can't even tell you how much my mouth is watering right now! I'm adding this to the list…soon!


6 Leslie October 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Oh sooo yum..I love pesto and pasta


7 Queen B. October 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm

oooooooo yummers :)


8 Lara October 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

It sounded so good I actually made a big quadruple batch tonight for dinner. My entire family totally loved it and came back for seconds. Thanks for a great recipe!


9 Sundancer October 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Stumbled across your blog….I love cooking it's like a form of meditation for me….I will enjoy looking at and trying your recipes!


10 Jessica October 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

OMG I love your blog!


11 Toots October 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

Hello! I also LOVE your blog. I was introduced to it by a dear friend. I do have a question about basil…how do you freeze it for later? This recipe looks so good.


12 Mindy October 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

Dear Toots, I actually meant that I froze the basil in the form of pesto. I think ice cube trays is the best way to do the pesto. Erin talks about this on her pesto post. I highly suggest trying it… it is SO good!


13 eatingmachine October 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm

on man, i have pesto in my freezer, and some tomatoes that are almost ripe…
this looks so yummy! thanks for visiting my blog!


14 Valerie October 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm

So easy, but it looks scrumptious!


15 Bunny October 7, 2009 at 5:49 pm

How wonderful does this look! Fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, it sounds delicious!


16 Colleen October 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Yum – anything with pesto and pasta has me hooked!


17 Anne April 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

made this tonight. So tasty! even with store bought pesto.


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