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Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomato Basil Pasta is one of those side dishes I look forward to all year long. It's easy, doesn't heat the house up and every one likes it!
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Amy


  • 1/3 c. prepared pesto
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1/4 c. ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 2. T. butter
  • 8 oz. pasta cooked to al dente
  • 2 to matoes diced
  • additional Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on the top
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt
  • parsley or basil for garnish


  • Add butter and cream to sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Add pesto, Parmesan and ricotta cheese. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  • Pour sauce over hot cooked pasta.
  • Add diced tomatoes to pasta.
  • Toss pasta and sauce.
  • Garnish with parsley or basil and additional Parmesan cheese.
  • NOTE: Adding grilled chicken turns this into a hearty meal!