Tomato and Pesto Pasta

    20 minutes

    This is a great, quick recipe sure to please the family. Serve with some crusty garlic bread, or simple breadsticks.

    45 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 340g ziti or penne pasta
    • 2 tablespoons pesto
    • 730g jar tomato basil pasta sauce
    • salt to taste
    • 1/2 cup (40g) Parmesan cheese, grated

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente; about 8 minutes. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium-low heat, mix together the pesto and basil tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer and season with salt to taste.
    3. Place pasta in a large serving bowl. Toss with pesto-tomato sauce. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

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    I loved the sauce. I add turkey sausage with casings removed, 1 jar of roasted red peppers, and some scoops of ricotta cheese. Delicious.  -  09 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    It never occured to me to add pesto sauce to plain old spaghetti sauce - the results are wonderful. Though you can't really taste the pesto, it really adds another layer flavor. I did change a few things. First, I browned and crumbled some sweet Italian sausage, then added some fresh mushrooms. Once that was all cooked, I add two cans of plain spaghetti sauce and almost a whole container of pesto. Once the pasta was cooked, I threw it all in a casserole, topped with cheese and baked for 20 minutes or so. My husband doesn't usually comment on pasta dishes - this one he did, repeatedly!  -  27 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Boring. Easy. But pretty much boil ziti, put sauce on from jar and add Parmesan cheese... no special zing or flavor.  -  07 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)