Basil Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes


I love to dish up easy and simple recipes for you. When you have to rustle up something special in a moment’s notice – this will certainly save your day. I had a jar full of pesto from a batch I made earlier and had to look up ways of using it up soon. If you have followed my earlier recipe for Braided Pesto Pastry; you will find the recipe to Pesto there. It is unbelievably easy to prepare. Homemade pesto can last upto a week in the refrigerator and upto 4 months if freezed. Coming back to the recipe for today – this again is a simple 3 ingredient recipe – pasta, pesto and tomatoes as the name suggests 🙂 .

Here is the recipe to make Basil Pesto Pasta with tomatoes. Enjoy!!


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 thinly sliced tomatoes
  • ½ cup basil pesto
  • 50g toasted pine nuts, roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 25g butter
  • 200g penne, linguine or spaghetti
  • Kosher salt
  • Parmesan shavings, for garnish
  • Basil or Parsely, for garnish
Basil Pesto Pasta with tomatoes


  1. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add a tablespoon of olive oil in the boiling water.
  2. Cook the spaghetti until al dente approximately 8 – 10 mins. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water.
  3. Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, the onion, minced garlic, and a large pinch of salt to a small skillet. Add the pesto and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Toss the pasta with the pesto and a few tablespoons of starchy pasta water. Add more pesto or pasta water, if necessary. You want the pasta to be coated with a nice, smooth layer of pesto. Add the tomatoes. Gently toss to combine.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped pine nuts and parmesan shavings just before serving.

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