Simple creamy pesto pasta

I made this pasta last night for my family and I just had to share with you all. I found a recipe that is for homemade pesto. I would love to make my own but my blender broke on me while making my enchilada sauce 😦 so I picked up some already made pesto sauce instead. I struggle so much coming up with meals for my picky eaters and it’s hard to get a meal to stick in the normal weekly rotation. My husband and 2 year old really loved this pasta, so I’m thinking it’s a keeper! yay!! I’m excited because it was really easy!

Ingredients:

  • pasta (angel hair, bow tie, penne, tortellini or macaroni. I used bow tie and cheese tortellini)
  • Buitoni basil pesto sauce
  • 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • tbsp. of butter
  • 1/4 of shredded parmesan cheese

*optional ingredients- you can add broccoli or chicken.

Instructions:

Get your water boiling for your pasta. if you’re doing tortellini and bow tie like I did, I just threw it all in the pot together. Add salt for flavor and a lil olive oil so it doesn’t all stick together.

Boil up some broccoli in a separate pot.

I cubed up some chicken and seasoned them with Italian seasonings and Lawry salts and fried them up in a pan.

Now let’s get to the good stuff, the sauce. Heat up a half pint of whipping cream on medium, once heated to a simmer, add butter. I just put in a glob, but it was about a tbsp. stir til butter is melted with a whisk. Add container of pesto sauce and whisk to combine. Once everything is whisked really well, add parmesan cheese and whisk to combine until melted. about 5-10 mins. Now add it to your pasta and enjoy!

This sauce was like gold, I saved the left overs and added it to some whole wheat angel hair for lunch. Pesto always taste better to me the next day.

Thanks for stopping by!

J

Refer to original recipe if you want to make the pesto from scratch: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/pasta-with-pesto-cream-sauce/

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