Cherry Tomato Pesto Penne

Cherry Tomato Pesto Penne is a quick, easy dish for entertaining on Meatless Monday. And there are lots of ways to personalize this classic so my guests never get tired of it. Some people make their own pesto, but I skip that step and buy a small container at Whole Foods! This recipe comes to us from Meatless Monday’s President Peggy Neu.

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Serves 6

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3/4 cup your favorite prepared pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 10 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese, to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the penne according to package directions, or until it is cooked to al dente.

Drain the penne in a colander, reserving some of the pasta’s cooking water in a small bowl below. Return the penne to its pot and stir in the pesto sauce and 2-3 tablespoons of the reserved pasta cooking water.

Add the pine nuts to the pot and stir to combine. Transfer the penne to a serving platter, top with cherry tomatoes, sprinkle with the chopped basil and parmesan cheese to taste.

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Nutrition Information

Cherry Tomato Pesto Penne

Servings per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories:  375

Calories from Fat:  87

Total Fat:  10g

Saturated Fat:  2g

Cholesterol:  5mg

Sodium:  27mg

Carbohydrates:  67g

Dietary Fiber:  9g

Protein:  8g

Sugars:  2g

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