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Cheesy Basil Pesto Pasta

Deliciously flavorful basil pesto, ricotta cheese & cream cheese are combined to make a creamy, cheesy sauce. The sauce is tossed with pasta shells in this easy 20 minute pesto pasta recipe!

Cheesy pesto pasta shells in large white bowl with copper forks in the bowl

To say that I’m a big fan of pesto would be the understatement of the century!

I make half a dozen different types of homemade pesto and use them in tons of different recipes! Basil Pesto is delicious on Baked Salmon. And Sun Dried Tomato Pesto is perfect in this One Pot Vegetarian Tortellini dish!

Pesto can be used on everything from sandwiches to pizza to grilled chicken. But its most popular use is tossed with pasta!

Instead of simply tossing pasta with pesto, in this recipe I made a creamy, cheesy pesto sauce. It’s rich, creamy and decadent! It can be served as a side dish with an entree like Italian Meatloaf or Bruschetta Chicken Parmesan.

It can also be served as a main dish. If you want a more complete meal, add a protein like grilled chicken or steak to this delicious Pesto Pasta!

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Basil Pesto

Homemade basil pesto is an easy recipe to make with walnuts, fresh basil, garlic, olive oil & parmesan cheese. It’s perfect for adding to pizza, pasta or grilled chicken dishes!

Overhead shot of basil pesto in a small white bowl with a small gold spoon in the bowl

Basil pesto is so easy to make and one of my favorite homemade sauces. When you make it at home, it has such a fresh flavor, as opposed to what you can buy in a jar at the grocery store.

My first time making pesto was in a home economics class in high school. Did I just totally date myself because home ec is no longer a thing? No surprise here, but home ec was my favorite class.

I learned how to sew, not well, but I tried! And I learned how to cook new things, at a much higher success rate than my sewing!

When pesto was introduced to me in home ec, I’d never eaten pesto before, but I quickly fell in love! Now I make many different versions of pesto.

The fun thing about pesto is that you can easily make it your own based on what greens you have in your fridge or what dish you want to pair it with.

You can also mix up what kind of nuts you use! While pine nuts are the traditional nut used in basil pesto, I used walnuts instead. They’re much less expensive and still work wonderfully in this pesto recipe!

Basil pesto can be added to pizza, tossed with pasta or used as a marinade for chicken or a sauce to top fish. It’s super versatile and so delicious!

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Garlic Basil Mashed Potato Soup

Take leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of the year and turn them into a delicious Italian potato soup recipe! 

Garlic Basil Potato Soup Appetizers

‘Twas the week of Christmas and all through the house, there were dreams of turkey, mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts!

Ok, ok I promise not to continue,  but seriously I’m so excited for Christmas in 3 days and most importantly, Christmas dinner!

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Caprese Spaghetti Squash

Caprese spaghetti squash is a delicious, gluten free and vegetarian recipe, perfect for transitioning from summer to fall!

Gluten Free Caprese Spaghetti Squash

It’s gluten free, it’s vegetarian, it’s my new favorite “Meatless Monday” fall recipe!

Spaghetti squash combined with a caprese salad, what’s not to love?!

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