Pasta With Homemade Pesto Cream Sauce

5 people
40 min

Hearty. Savory. Flavorful. What more could you ask for in a pasta dish? This homemade pesto cream sauce is best top on of cavatappi pasta and served with fresh roma tomatoes!

I’ve been struggling to figure out what to make for dinner lately, and Pinterest isn’t doing it. The recipes always have a ton of meat or just look way too cheesy. So what’s a gal to do? Ahh, I know! Browse the 297498 cookbooks she has! Yep! That’s just what I did. I decided on a recipe from Pioneer Woman for the most delicious pasta! My family loved it and my husband said it was the best meal I’ve made in months (hahaha, apparently I’ve really been slacking in the dinner making department!)

I changed things up just a bit, per our liking and this dish was amazing!


  • heavy cream
  • butter
  • homemade basil pesto sauce: basil leave, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic coves, salt & pepper, extra-virgin olive oil
  • pasta, cavatappi, cooked to al dente

Let’s Make It Together!

  1. Make the basil pesto – HERE’S the full recipe tutorial

2. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook cavatappi pasta al dente

3. In a large sauce pan, heat cream and add butter, whisk

4. Add homemade basil pesto

5. Add grated Parmesan cheese

6. Whisk everything together

7. Add pasta to the sauce pan and combine

8. Add diced tomatoes, they will become the perfect warm temperature from the pasta and sauce

9. Dish and serve!!!

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Pasta With Homemade Pesto Cream Sauce
Recipe details
  • 5  people
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 3/4 c fresh bail leaves
  • 3/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tbs pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little more if needed
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 12 oz cavatappi pasta
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
Pasta Noodles
Bring a large stock pot of water to boil. Cook cavatappi pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Basil Pesto
In a food processor, combine basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt & pepper. Pulse/blend
Add extra-virgin olive oil and pulse/blend again until you've reached the desired consistency for the pesto
Set aside or store in a Mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
Cream Sauce
In a large saucepan, heat the heavy cream, add in butter. Whisk
Add in basil pesto sauce, whisk
Add Parmesan cheese, whisk
Add pasta and stir
Add in diced tomatoes and serve immediately!
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