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plated creamy pesto pasta topped with fresh basil

Creamy Pesto Pasta

Herbs and Flour
This simple, creamy pesto pasta is wonderfully herby and so easy to make in just 20 minutes for a weeknight meal the whole family will love!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 458 kcal


  • 300 grams pasta of choice (about 11 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Basil Pesto
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan grated, to serve


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup pasta water.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet or pot, add the butter and melt over medium heat. Add the pesto and whisk until it begins to bubble.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and slowly whisk in the milk or cream until it is incorporated. Add the cook pasta and toss to coat. If needed, use reserved pasta water to thin out sauce.
  • Plate pesto pasta and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and toasted pine nuts (optional).


Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 12gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 351mgPotassium: 189mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 825IUCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg
Keyword basil, creamy pasta, fresh herbs, pasta, pesto, quick dinner
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