Pasta w/ Pesto Basil Cream Sauce

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We closed on the house yesterday so today is crunch time to clean my house and move. Wish me luck.

Like I’ve said before, I love love basil pesto. This is such a quick and easy pasta that is delicious. I buy pre-made pesto in bulk, but nothing beats making your own!

Pasta with Pesto Basil Cream Sauce–via Pioneer Woman



Ingredients:


For Pesto–

3/4 cups Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
3 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
2 cloves Garlic, Peeled
Salt And Pepper, to taste
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


For Cream Sauce–
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan (additional)

12 ounces, weight Pasta (cavitappi, Fusili, Etc.)
2 whole Tomatoes, Diced

Preparation Instructions:
1)Cook pasta until al dente.

2) Prepare pesto: 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.

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

4) 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.

I like to add some shredded chicken or some olives or some fresh peppers–you can really do whatever to make this delicious pasta dish
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