Pesto & Tomato Pasta

Pesto is one of my favorite flavors! There are so many things you can do with pesto, and we use it on pasta and in sandwiches a lot. It is so versatile, and this is one of my favorite quick recipes that is just so good!


I find myself making this a lot in the summer when there are so many fresh tomatoes as well as fresh basil


~ pasta
~ cherry or grape tomatoes
~ pesto sauce (homemade or store bought)
~ optional: additional cheese to taste and for garnish

Prepare the pasta according to the package. We like pastas like rotini or other spiral type pastas, because they hold the pesto well.

Drain and mix with your pesto. I serve this pasta warm, but it would probably taste good cold as well. If you purchase pre-made pesto, I don’t recommend shelf stable pesto, but instead one from the refrigerator section. My favorite brand is Rana.

Once you have mixed your pesto to taste, sprinkle with your sliced tomatoes. I usually prefer grape tomatoes because they are less sweet and less juicy than cherry tomatoes, but it really depends on personal preferences. You could get creative and make a salad with different color tomatoes as well.

We love this pasta – I think I found it at Target but I can’t remember!

This is a refreshing dish year round, but is perfect in summer when you have access to fresh, local or homegrown tomatoes.

What do you think?

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  • Roshini
    April 13, 2020

    Looks really Yum. Simple recipe. Will try it out. Thanks

  • Flossie McCowald
    April 14, 2020

    Ohhhhh this looks DELICIOUS! We are almost out of tomatoes right now, but I know we have some pesto from last summer’s garden in the freezer – will have to get some baby tomatoes next time one of us ventures out to the store!

  • Nicole Hood
    April 14, 2020

    Love all the beautiful fresh produce! Yum!

  • Vidya
    April 17, 2020

    We love pesto too.. and seeing your post makes me wonder why I am not using the fresh basil from our garden 🙂 I will be surely be making this out soon.

  • Tara Pittman
    December 17, 2021

    This is a pasta dish that my husband would like. It would be great for his lunch that he packs.

  • Melissa
    December 17, 2021

    Wow this pesto tomato pasta looks yummy and so festive for Christmas too! Must try it!

  • Tasheena
    December 18, 2021

    This looks so yummy, looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

  • Beth Pierce
    December 18, 2021

    Wow. this pasta looks so healthy and delish. I cannot wai to try it

  • Ashley Thompson
    December 18, 2021

    This is one of my favorite side dishes! It’s so simple, versatile, and is great to serve all year around!

  • Richelle Milar
    December 18, 2021

    Wow! This is such a really great and very amazing recipe! I would really love to try this out!

  • Rose Ann Sales
    December 18, 2021

    Oh my! That looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I would really love to try this recipe!

    December 18, 2021

    I do quite like pesto pasta it’s a tasty dish. I have had it with tomatoes too, always good to add a little veg.

    • Melissa Cushing
      December 20, 2021

      This looks delicious and good for you too! My husband will love this recipe and I love making homemade pesto sauces 😉

  • Everything Enchanting
    December 19, 2021

    I have never had pesto tomato pasta before! This looks so delicious ❤️ I’ll surely try your recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Katie C
    March 25, 2022

    I am obsessed with pesto so this sounds right up my alley. This would be a great one to serve to my son too! At 18 months old he is a big pasta and tomato fan.