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Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

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Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce



This Pesto Cream Sauce is a variation from an old Italian recipe from my Great Grandma. It's so so delicious. First you make the Pesto from scratch. It's quick and easy and if you grow your own basil it's very cheap too! You can prepare this ahead of time. It freezes nicely!



Genovese Basil Pesto

I don't usually measure anything, so you may like more or less of the ingredients. Make it your own!



3 cups well packed fresh basil leaves (small stems removed)

2 or 3 cloves garlic, peeled

1/3 cup pignoli nuts (pine nuts)

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste



1. Process the basil, garlic, and pignoli nuts in a food processor until chopped finely.

2. Drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil through the food processor shoot while blending. Add it slowly. You may not need as much, or you may need more to make it a smooth paste.

3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese until well blended. Again, you may need to add more.

4. Season with salt and pepper.



If you're making this for later, put one cup batches into freezer safe 1.5 cup containers. Top the pesto with a thin layer of extra-virgin olive oil, cover, and freeze. To use, take it out the night before and put it in the refrigerator to defrost.



Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce



1 lb box of pasta, any style. This works especially well with spaghetti.

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese

1 cup batch of Genovese Basil Pesto



1. Bring the cream cheese and pesto to room temperature.

2. Cook the pasta according to package directions. When done, reserve about a cup of the water you boiled it in.

3. In a big bowl, blend the cream cheese and pesto together with a wooden spoon. Add the reserved water a little bit at a time to make a thick creamy sauce. You may not need the whole cup.

4. Add the pasta to the cream sauce, and toss to coat.

5. Sprinkle each serving with fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese, and enjoy!!

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Can you make this with all ready prepared pesto sauce? Just add pesto and cream cheese with water and put over noodles? Would it taste just as good?

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