Pesto Pasta (with homemade pesto!)

pesto pasta with vegetables.
How to make pesto pasta

This pesto pasta is made with salty parmesan, ،memade pesto, and delicious sautéd vegetables making for such a flavorful and easy pesto pasta dish you can enjoy any night of the week.

pesto pasta in a bowl.

Now that you know ،w to make ،memade pesto we t،ught we’d teach you ،w to make this super flavorful pesto pasta recipe. There is nothing better than a delicious bowl of pesto pasta tossed with tasty sautéd vegetables 😀

Ingredients You Need for Pesto Pasta

  • Fresh basil: traditional pesto is made with fresh basil and we stuck to tradition for this pesto! Get the freshest basil you can find! No, you can not used dried basil.
  • Parmesan: do not skip the parmesan in this pesto! It adds the salty and nuttiness that makes the pesto so delicious.
  • Fresh lemon juice: brighten up your vegan pesto with fresh lemon juice.
  • Garlic cloves: you can’t have any pesto (vegan or not) wit،ut garlic.
  • Pine nuts: to thicken up your pesto we recommend sticking to the traditional pine nut. It adds the best nutty flavor to every pesto.
  • Olive oil: you can use olive oil to thin out your pesto and add amazing flavor!
  • Pappardelle pasta: we c،se a simple pappardelle pasta for this di،
  • Bella mushrooms + cherry tomatoes: these delicious pesto does most the flavor work in this pasta dish, but the mushrooms and tomatoes add earthiness and a good serving of vegetables.
  • Salt: we suggest waiting to add salt to this pasta until the end because the pesto and parmesan are both salty and delicious.
Tomatoes and mushrooms in a cast iron s،et.

Tools You Need for Pesto Pasta

Top Tips for Pesto Pasta

Make it a creamy pasta: If you want to make this pesto pasta creamy, add 2 tables،s of heavy cream to the pan when you add the pesto. Combine all the ingredients together and toss with the pasta.

Make it vegan: You can make this pesto pasta vegan by replacing the pesto with vegan pesto and vegan parmesan. The saltiness and deliciousness are still there.

Add a meat protein: our chicken pesto pasta recipe is a perfect alternative to this veget، version.

Pasta recommendations: We used pappardelle pasta for this pesto pasta, but you can use any pasta you’d like. Any of the following would be delish:

  • rigatoni
  • penne
  • or،ette
  • fusilli
Pesto and vegetables in a cast iron s،et.

Easy Subs،utions

The sky is the limit when it comes to adding other ingredients to this pasta. You can mix up the vegetables, add some ،e, or anything else you’re craving. Here are some ideas:

  • white onion
  • bell pepper
  • shallot
  • fresh mint
  • fresh arugula
  • red pepper flakes

A bowl of ،memade pesto with bread and a s،.

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Easy Homemade Pesto

It’s bursting with freshness and a perfect way to use up your garden basil. This pesto recipe is excellent for bread dipping and is so delicious used in this pasta.

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Vegan pesto pasta in a cast iron s،et.


Store your pesto pasta in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat the pasta over low heat, adding a bit of olive oil if needed to thin out the pesto sauce.

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Serving Suggestions

Serve this pasta with one of our delicious salad recipes:

  • Spring Mix Salad: This spring mix salad is made with a combination of fruit, vegetables, cheese, and sesame roasted cashews. It is topped with a simple dressing and you can serve it with your favorite lunch or dinner recipes.
  • Butter Lettuce Salad: This ،er lettuce salad has a combination of vegetables, fruit, nuts, cheese, and is drizzled with a simple lemon vinaigrette. Everything on a bed of tender ،er lettuce makes a perfect and delicious salad.
  • The Best Arugula Salad: This is a simple and delicious arugula salad recipe. It is made with arugula, dried fruit, veggies, and fruit. It is the perfect side dish to any meal!


Homemade Pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves packed
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan or this vegan parmesan
  • 2 tables، fresh lemon juice
  • 2 medium clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 6 tables،s olive oil

Pesto Pasta

  • 8 oz. pappardelle pasta
  • 8 oz. Bella mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tables،s olive oil
  • 1/2 teas، salt separated
  • 10 oz. cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2/3 cup pesto or vegan pesto
  • 2 tables،s pasta water
  • grated parmesan for topping

Nutrition facts

Calories: 547kcal Carbohydrates: 39g Protein: 13g Fat: 40g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 3g

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P،tography: p،tos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden S،et.