Karen's Easy Pesto Pasta

This is a very quick & easy dish to make. I also have a recipe to make the  pesto sauce from scratch & which I’ll be posting too when I get a chance, but this is my quick and simple “Cheats Version” pesto dish for hungry people in a hurry.

This dish is best served immediately, however if you have some left over it can be re-heated, it’s just not as good as when freshly made. I like to serve it with a green salad and some homemade Garlic Butter Toast but it’s flexible & tasty enough to serve with a number of things. The photos were taken by my chief food taster / biggest food fan, Wayne (who takes all the photos for all my other recipes on this site), but as it’s one of his favourite dishes & he was waiting to devour it, he seemed to rush through taking the photos this time  !!!

Serves: 4-6


  • 500 grams Penne Pasta (use 100% durum wheat pasta if available)

    Sacla Pesto Sauce
    Sacla Pesto Sauce from Italy
  • 250 mls Fresh Cream (or a vegan alternative if you prefer)
  • 1-2 tablespoon skim or low-fat milk
  • 1 x 250 mls jar of Sacla Pesto Sauce (or another similar product – I find Sacla the best of all the store-bought varieties – we are not affiliated with Sacla btw…)
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, crushed using a garlic press or chopped very finely (Optional; for pesto sauce)
  • Fresh crusty bread (Optional; for Garlic Butter Toast)
  • Parmesan Cheese (for topping / serving)
  • Salt (for the pasta water only – the sauce is salty enough already)
  • 250 grams Cherry Tomatoes, washed & cut in half


Serve with:

Green side-salad

Warm Garlic Toast (toast some crusty bread on both sides, & then butter it with Garlic Butter – serve immediately)



  • Bring a LARGE pot of salted water to boil. Whilst you are waiting for the water to boil, prepare the salad & Garlic Butter (if you are having them with the pasta.) and wash & cut the cherry tomatoes.  Slice the crusty bread ready for toasting. Add some extra crushed fresh garlic to the jar of pesto sauce if desired, too.
  • Once boiled, add the penne pasta to the boiling water & cook until “Al-Dente” as per the pasta instructions, then drain the pasta in a colander.
  • Begin toasting the crusty bread – remember that you will also need to watch it carefully and turn it – By the time the penne sauce is ready the toast should be ready too.
  • Whilst the bread is toasting, place the pesto sauce into the empty saucepan (that you just cooked the pasta in), and warm it through until it is hot, then add the cream & the skim milk, and when the pesto sauce is hot, add the drained & cooked penne pasta to the hot sauce.
  • Return to the heat and stir until well combined and then serve immediately, topped with some of the sliced cherry tomatoes & some Parmesan if desired, and serve with  a green side salad & some Garlic Butter Toast.

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