Baked Pesto Pasta

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Baked Pesto Pasta

Hello guys, sorry for missing in action for the last few days. I went on a mini vacation and I had planned to schedule my posts while I was away but you know sometimes there are just too many things on your platter especially at the last minute and so I was not able to do that. I carried my laptop along with me thinking that I would update from there but unfortunately the house I stayed in had no internet. I guess sometimes it’s good to take a little break! 🙂

Anyway I’m back now with a pasta recipe. You remember when I posted this, so I used that sauce to make this baked pesto pasta. I first had baked pesto pasta it in Scotland where one of my friends made it for me. Since then I have been meaning to make it but somehow whenever I make pesto sauce I always end up using it on my sandwich or making a simple pasta but this time around I was determined to bake it.

Baked Spinach Pesto Pasta

The version that my friend made had tons of cheese in it. This recipe has cheese too but it isn’t overloaded with it. Because the pesto sauce already has cheese in it, the pasta was cheesy enough for me at least. If you are a fan of cheese then you might want to add more! This pasta will work well any pesto sauce. Since I had spinach pesto on hand I used it in this recipe but the traditional basil pesto would taste just as good. Pesto is made using so many green things so you can use kale pesto, coriander pesto etc. in this recipe.

Baked Pesto Pasta Recipe

The dish is ready in literally few minutes if you already have the pesto sauce in your refrigerator. Just toss everything together and bake till cheese is all melted. We all love pasta especially when we are looking to cook something quick and it can’t get easier than this. Do give this baked pesto pasta a try and let me know how it turned out for you guys!

 

Method

First boil the pasta according to instructions on the package, drain the water.

Immediately add in the prepared pesto sauce.

Also add cherry tomatoes and mix till well combined.

Baked Pesto Pasta Recipe-Step-1Add water and mix. Transfer pasta to a 8 x 8 square dish.

Sprinkle grated cheese on top of the pasta [any cheese that you like].

Bake at 400 F degrees for 10 minutes or till cheese is melted.

Baked Pesto Pasta Recipe-Step-2

Eat immediately. Leftovers taste great as well!

Spinach Pesto Pasta

* Add as much cheese as you want. Also I used a blend of 3 cheese but you can use whatever you prefer.

* I really think onions, bell pepper would taste great in this recipe, even mushrooms so you can add in these veggies too!

Recipe adapted from Pinch Of Yum.

Baked Pesto Pasta

Serves: 2

Baked Pesto Pasta is a quick recipe that comes together in minutes and is full of flavors!
Ingredients
  • ½ lb pasta, use one that you like
  • ¾ cup pesto [basil or spinach or any pesto of choice]
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅓ cup cheese, grated of your choice
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
Instructions
  1. First boil the pasta according to instructions on the package, drain the water.
  2. Immediately add in the prepared pesto sauce.
  3. Also add cherry tomatoes and mix till well combined.
  4. Add water and mix. Transfer pasta to a 8 x 8 square dish.
  5. Sprinkle grated cheese on top of the pasta [any cheese that you like].
  6. Bake at 400 F degrees for 10 minutes or till cheese is melted.
  7. Serve immediately.

 Baked Pesto Pasta

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50 thoughts on “Baked Pesto Pasta

  1. I hope you had a great vacation Manali! I’ve been pretty slow lately, due to the weather warming up and me being lazier! Love this pesto pasta, fresh and light, need to try it!

  2. You know what’s funny? I make spinach pesto more than basil pesto, probably because I always have spinach but I don’t always have basil! I’ve never baked my pesto pasta before, so this is inspiring me to do it next time! This looks so fresh and delicious.

  3. I’d say that was a blessing in disguise that your house didn’t have internet, Manali! I’m sure you have a ton of emails to get through, but sometimes it’s nice to just disconnect…even if it isn’t entirely planned. Speaking of planning, I’m planning on having some of this yummy pesto pasta soon…it looks incredible! Pesto pasta is one of the best quick weeknight dinners ever!

  4. I love pesto in my pasta salad!!!! and good for you. . glad you got a forced vacation/break. . I’m in Dallas this week for spring break with my kids at my parent’s house and I was a crazed woman before we have to leave last week. . didn’t finish everything. . and will have to catch up a bit then I’m home. . but trying to just enjoy the week, this week!

    1. See that’s the thing, there’s so much to do before you go on a vacation especially if you are a food blogger!! Have a great vacation in Dallas Alice! 🙂

  5. Mini vacations are always great. I sort of had one last week. It was more of a staycation though. I stayed home and didn’t do a thing! Love every minute of it. This pasta is so creative. I love pesto with pasta but have never baked it. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Manali, it is okay to take a break, once in a while 🙂 I always take my laptop when we go for mini vacations, but for the record, I have never opened it, ever!! It always comes the way it went, untouched, unopened…. lol! PS: I love basked pastas, and this pesto pasta looking delicious! pinning!

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