Indulge in the rich flavors of our Creamy Pesto Penne Pasta. This dish is a perfect blend of velvety smoothness and the vibrant taste of pesto, creating a culinary masterpiece that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.
Creamy Pesto Penne Pasta
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions; drain and set aside.
- In a food processor, combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan. Pulse until finely chopped.
- With the processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until a smooth pesto sauce forms. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a large pan, heat the pesto sauce over medium heat. Stir in the heavy cream and simmer until heated through.
- Add the cooked penne pasta to the sauce, tossing to coat evenly. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the pasta is heated through.
- Serve hot, garnished with additional Parmesan and fresh basil if desired.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 550, Fat: 38g, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 12g