Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe (One Pot)

Quick and easy pesto pasta recipe, made with simple ingredients in one pot on stovetop. This 30 minute meal is packed with peso sauce, basil and tomatoes.

This basil pesto pasta is just as easy as my One Pot Garlic Chicken Pasta and my One Pot Bacon Pasta.

How to make pesto pasta?

  1. Boil pasta and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil and saute garlic.
  3. Add pesto sauce, salt, pepper, boiled pasta, tomatoes and mix.
  4. Toss in some mozzarella cheese.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil and you are done.

What do you put in pesto pasta?

  1. Pesto sauce
  2. Pasta
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Mozzarella cheese
  5. Basil

Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe (30 Minute Meal)

Chicken pesto pasta/ Pesto chicken pasta

Mix in 1-2 cups cooked chicken breast pieces in this pasta.

Shrimp pesto pasta/Pesto shrimp pasta

Mix in 1-2 cups cooked shrimp in this pasta.

One Pot Pesto sauce pasta

You can use homemade pesto sauce or just buy store-bought pesto sauce.

Zucchini pesto pasta

Replace angel hair pasta with zoodles.

Pesto pasta salad

Omit the cheese. Also add olives, more tomatoes, more basil, some toasted pine nuts. Chill and serve it cold.

Easy Pesto Pasta Recipe (One Pot Meal)

Is pasta with pesto healthy?

Yes, it is a “healthier” meal if you use whole grain pasta.

How do you make creamy pesto pasta recipe?

Mix in 1/2 cup cream cheese and additional mozzarella cheese, based on how creamy you like your pasta.

What meat goes with pesto pasta?

  1. Chicken
  2. Shrimp
  3. Sausage

Pesto Sauce Pasta Recipe

Tips for one pot basil pesto pasta recipe:

  • I used angel hair pasta because it absorbs the pesto flavor quicker than regular spaghetti but you can easily replace angel hair pasta with any pasta of your choice.
  • Make sure you boil pasta in salted water or else it will have no flavor when you mix it in with the sauce later.
  • Adjust the amount of mozzarella cheese, based on your preference. I like it light and don’t want it to over-power the pasta.
  • Adjust the amount of pesto sauce, based on your preference.
  • Don’t over-boil the pasta. It has to be al dente so that it doesn’t take like a “disgusting paste.”
  • There are many different kinds of pasta. Feel free to use whichever one is your favorite.
  • Cherry tomatoes or variety of cherry tomatoes can be used in this recipe.
  • For a spicy kick, mix 1 finely chopped jalapeno in this pasta.

Other One Pot Pasta Recipes:

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5 from 4 votes

One Pot Pesto Pasta Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and easy pesto pasta recipe, made with simple ingredients in one pot on stovetop. This 30 minute meal is packed with peso sauce, basil and tomatoes. 

Servings: 4 People
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy pasta recipe
Calories: 652 kcal
Author: Abeer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Angel hair pasta
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Finely minced
  • 3/4-1 cup Pesto sauce
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 cup Tomatoes Seeds removed and cut into 1 inch pieces OR cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese Adjust based on your preference
  • 5 Basil leaves Fresh, Roughly chopped, For garnish

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta in salted water, according to box instructions and keep aside. 

  2. In the same nonstick pot, heat oil over medium high heat and saute garlic until golden brown. Do not burn it! 

  3. Add pesto sauce, salt, pepper and mix. 

  4. Add boiled pasta, tomatoes and mix everything together until fully coated. 

  5. Mix in some mozzarella cheese.

  6. Garnish with basil leaves and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Pesto Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 652 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 550mg 23%
Potassium 351mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 90g 30%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 26.8%
Vitamin C 6.4%
Calcium 17.3%
Iron 10.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy cooking everyone!

5 comments on “Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe (One Pot)”

  1. The perfect weeknight dinner!! SO easy and incredibly delicious!!

  2. I love this! Looks so easy to make!

  3. This looks absolutely delicious! Yummy!

  4. I love that this makes such a light meal! 

  5. Thank you so much for the tips! I will definitely try this!

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