Pesto cavatappi is a fast and easy dinner recipe that’s full of big flavor! The pesto cream sauce comes together in minutes.
- Make the pasta: Start a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until it is just al dente. Start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside; usually around 7 to 8 minutes. Drain and place the pasta in a bowl.
- Meanwhile, make the pesto cream sauce: Place the pesto, heavy cream, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until it just starts to thicken, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Serve: When the pasta is done, add it with the sauce. Taste and add a few pinches more salt until the flavor pops. (Refrigerate any leftovers; they can become gummy when reheated, so eat at room temperature.)
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
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