Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cherry Tomato and Pesto Pasta

For Easter all of my children came home, even though it didn't look like that was going to happen. We had our big meal on Saturday evening and the kids left when they wanted to. With no set times for coming and going, I had to come up with a dinner that I could easily make for 8 or cut down for just 2 if they all left. I wanted something on the light side since Saturday was a eat 'til it hurts day. I looked in the fridge for ideas and saw several pints of cherry tomatoes, buy one get one free at the grocery store plus we already had some. I decided since the temperature was in the 80's a no cook sauce was going to be just the thing. Last week I bought some pesto sauce, not enough basil growing yet to make my own. So here is what I made.

Pesto and Cherry Tomato Pasta
2 tbs Pesto, homemade or store bought
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
8 oz pasta
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Cook pasta until el dente. While pasta is cooking chop tomatoes and mix with pesto. Set aside in a bowl. Drain pasta when its done and place in bowl with tomatoes. Toss until thoroughly mixed. Top with cheese and serve. You could add fresh basil leaves as a garnish if you like.


  1. Great recipe. It looks great.

  2. You always come up with the tastiest meals... I need as many options for this diet I am on I can get... love pasta. Problem is I don't stop, so looking at the pesto and tomatoes thats perfect if I can only eat one plate.. you would have no leftovers with me there... Happy Easter to you and your family!

  3. This sounds like a quick and easy dish! Glad all of the kids got to come over and enjoy it! Hope you had a Happy Easter!

  4. Clean flavors = delicious dish! Basil should be abundant in my parts in the next few weeks. Can't wait!!!

  5. That looks amazing! I love making this pasta during the summer when all the ingredients are super fresh. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love anything with pesto and this dish looks terrific!