Pasta with Pesto Alfredo Sauce

Pesto, pesto, pesto.  I i pesto!!!

Can I tell you how happy I am that my basil is thriving enough to make pesto this year?  So, so happy!  I just recently needed to give my basil a “little trim” when it was getting unruly and had enough leaves for 3 ½ batches of pesto.  Needless to say, my freezer is fully stocked for a winter full of pesto.  Yay!

Since the pesto can’t all be relegated to the freezer, I also made this wonderful pasta dish (and I am so making a tortellini version of this in the very near future because, OMGosh, can you imagine?!?)  Mucho delish pasta + amazing basil + light alfredo + garden fresh tomatoes...AHHHH!  Amazing!

Pasta with Pesto Alfredo Sauce
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

8 oz (weight) whole wheat pasta (about 3 cups)
2 tbsp salted butter
½ cup lowfat milk
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup basil pesto
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced

Cook the pasta until al dente and drain.

While the pasta cooks, heat the butter and milk in a small saucepan over medium low heat.  Heat until the edges of the milk begin to bubble, but before it boils. 

Remove from heat and whisk in the parmesan and pesto.  Return to low heat to heat through, if necessary.

Stir the pesto alfredo sauce into the cooked pasta and top with tomatoes.

Serves 4


  1. Thanks for visiting our Blog Hop Recipe Swap today. I'm happy to be following you back :)

  2. Yum! This looks fantastic! Perfect for a BBQ :)

    Thanks so much for linking up to our Weekend Wonders party! Also, thanks for the follow. I am following you back now too :) Have a great weekend!

  3. looks amazing! when I was in college i used to mix these two sauces in the dining hall, i can only imagine how much better it is homemade & fresh !

  4. Thanks for reminding me about Pesto totally going to do this with all my basil! Thanks for linking up at I Freakin did it Friday

  5. This sounds like the best pasta salad EVER!! I am loving your blog! I am a new follower! I would love for you to join my site as well!

  6. This sounds wonderful, pesto and alfredo are two of my very favorite pasta sauces, so this is a great combo!

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

  7. I have a basil plant that is huge and I was wondering what to I know! This looks delicious and I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

  8. This looks delicious. I love pesto, especially as a "sauce" on grilled margherita pizza. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  9. Looks delicious. My basil plant is now a bush--perfect recipe. thanks.

  10. Yum, this sounds amazing! We just trimmed back some basil, enough for two batches of pesto. But it was so good it's all gone already! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  11. This looks so amazing! And I love pesto! I would love for you to share this and any other recipes at our weekly link party - coming up tomorrow.


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