Tomato Basil Pasta

It’s so hot outside and my garden is beginning to flourish with fresh herbs! I’m absolutely in love with basil and Tomato Basil Pasta is the perfect home for a little of the freshness!
Tomato Basil Pasta! A favorite summer side dish, or add grilled chicken and make it a main dish!  Little Dairy on the Prairie
During the summer we are super busy on the farm. I’m not even kidding when I say I was putting steak on my grill the other day at 10:40. See, we only have a few, very few, nice weeks of summer weather here. Since it’s my favorite time of the year and we love to be outside we soak up every last minute of every day. The kids and I stay outside until the “Big Boss” calls it a day. Then we meander inside and get going on dinner and showers.  I’m okay with this schedule because it only lasts for a little while. 
When we finally do get inside, the boys are starving and I’m not in the mood to cook. Imagine that, at 10:40 p.m. I’m not ready to pull out all of the stops and make a show stopper meal. Tomato Basil Pasta is one of those side dishes I look forward to all  year long. It’s easy, doesn’t heat the house up and every one likes it! Adding grilled chicken turns it into a meal!

Fresh basil in the garden!  Little Dairy on the PrairieRemember how I said we only have a few weeks of warm summer weather here? That means our growing season is extra short. I don’t usually have access to fresh herbs in the grocery store either. So when my basil plants in my garden start looking like this…I can hardly contain myself!
Tomatoes!  Little Dairy on the Prairie

My tomatoes are actually going to produce tomatoes this year! I have to tell you the tomatoes for this pasta did not come from my garden. But soon they will!

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley!  Little Dairy on the PrairieHow can you go wrong with parsley? It makes everything fresh and pretty!

Such and easy side dish! I love it most in the summer when tomatoes and basil are their best!  Little Dairy on the Prairie

If you find yourself starting to make dinner at 10:40 at night make Tomato Basil Pasta! It’s fabulous for late nights, or any time really! Oh ya, I used my Basil Pesto recipe for this, which I keep in the fridge at all times once my basil is big enough to use. If you don’t have any pesto or basil you could always buy some pesto. I’m telling you, if you grew basil in your garden you would fall in love!

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Tomato Basil Pasta is one of those side dishes I look forward to all year long. It's easy, doesn't heat the house up and every one likes it!
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • ⅓ c. prepared pesto
  • ¼ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ c. ricotta cheese
  • ¼ c. Parmesan cheese
  • 2. T. butter
  • 8 oz. pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • additional Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on the top
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt
  • parsley or basil for garnish
  1. Add butter and cream to sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Add pesto, Parmesan and ricotta cheese. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  2. Pour sauce over hot cooked pasta.
  3. Add diced tomatoes to pasta.
  4. Toss pasta and sauce.
  5. Garnish with parsley or basil and additional Parmesan cheese.
  6. NOTE: Adding grilled chicken turns this into a hearty meal!

Amy Engberson About Amy Engberson

I live on a dairy with my husband and three boys. Although we are in the business of raising cattle, we really are in the business of raising boys. I am passionate about catching up with each other at meal times. My love language is food. And I hope that my men feel the love in every bite.


  1. Deb Harris says:

    I just found your blog today & I’ve been looking at all of it & really enjoying it. This pasta dish sounds so summery!( I have to try a month Gluten free for a month, I’ll make it normally for my husband & sons. Hopefully I can find a good free pasta too. I’ve already saved sev recipes already & I’m sure I’ll find many more. I was hoping to subscribe by email but don’t see it offered. I’m about to check pinterest & will check the blog when I can. Hope you might consider adding email subscription as an option.

    • I’m so glad you are finding recipes to try! So sorry about the gluten free diet. My friend is on a gluten free diet and I know she has tried some gluten free pastas. Hopefully you can find some too! If you click on the RSS feed it will send you an email every time I post. I’m checking into a different email subscription right now. Thanks for stopping by!

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