Easy Walnut Pesto Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes

I had lots of that delicious walnut pesto left so it was time to make a wonderful pasta dish with my favorite tomatoes.  This dish comes together in twenty minutes and is packed with flavour and wonderful nutrients for your family!

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I used my latest discovery again, Chickapea Pasta.  I’m sold on this and I’m thrilled to let my US readers know that it will be launching in the US on October 1st but you can get it now on Amazon here.  My friends with young kids are super excited about this pasta because so many of them loved just plain noodles in a bowl and now they know they’ll still be getting their protein and nutrients.  Fabulous!

Easy Walnut Pesto Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes | Simply Fresh Dinners

If you don’t have time to make my pesto, jarred is ok in a pinch.  And the egg is optional as well but it just seemed to be calling out for one!  This is one big, protein-packed bowl of scrumptiousness.  I’ve used both kale and basil for greenery  –  shhh! – the kids won’t even notice.  Shaved Parmesan or pecorino works well on top.

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Are you getting your tomatoes from your local farms these days?  I look forward to these all year long and next week I’m hoping for some time to make some marinara sauce with a bushel of these babies!

Easy Walnut Pesto Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes | Simply Fresh Dinners

The spiral pasta is perfect for this because it grabs that pesto.  You can roast the tomatoes in the oven while the pasta is cooking or saute them as I did.  So many fun ways to do this dish and you can make it your own by adding mushrooms, peppers, eggplant, zucchini – whatever you happen to be craving that night.

I’m a bit of a pasta junkie so if you’re in the mood for more, take a peek here to see  some of my past creations.  And I want to see yours too so don’t forget to hashtag me on Instagram at #simplyfreshdinners so I can share your beautiful work.  Cheers!

Easy Walnut Pesto Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes
Author: Robyn Gleason
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Serves: 4
Kale, fresh basil and blistered tomatoes meld beautifully with walnut pesto and pasta.
    • 1/2 pound of spiral pasta
    • 3 tablespoons [url href=”https://simplyfreshdinners.com/2016/08/16686.html” target=”_blank”]walnut pesto[/url] or regular jarred pesto
    • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, some halved, leave smaller ones whole
    • pinch of red pepper
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (or just 1 clove if you’re planning on some kissing!)
    • 1 package of baby kale
    • a handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
    1. Cook pasta according to directions, reserve 1/2 cup pasta water and drain. Place noodles in bowl.
    1. Make pesto according to directions.
    1. In a large skillet heat one tablespoon of olive oil.over medium-high heat, add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes and garlic and cook until tomatoes are blistered; 5-7 minutes. (Alternatively, you can roast the tomatoes for 5-10 minutes under 350 F)
    1. Add pesto to pasta and mix until well coated. Add pasta to tomatoes with kale, half the basil and pasta water and stir until warmed through and water is evaporated.
    1. While pasta is warming, cook your 4 eggs sunny side up.
  1. Serve immediately, topping each dish with one egg, chopped basil and parmesan cheese.

Twenty minutes and this dish of deliciousness is on your dinner table. From Simply Fresh Dinners.


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    geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    August 28, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Umm, yes please, Robyn! I’d love a big dish of this. I’m a big fan of different types of pesto and walnut is such a good addition. Love how easy this is – sautéed cherry tomatoes are so good with pasta. You and I definitely like the same kind of food – I’m always inspired by your recipes!
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      August 29, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Ditto, Geraldine! I’m a huge fan of your recipes especially your quick and easy pasta dishes. I’m always sending them to friends with small kids, lol. I loved egg on this 🙂
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    August 28, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I need to check out that pasta. I love chickpeas and am on very friendly terms with Amazon haha

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    August 29, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Beautiful pasta recipe, Robyn! Love the blistered tomatoes <3
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    August 29, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Nice pasta dish! great for summer..or autumn 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Looks and sounds wonderful! Such a pretty bowl and that pasta sounds like it’s a great find 🙂
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 29, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I bet this is terrific Robyn – it sure looks wonderful! Walnut pesto – yes please 🙂 Have a lovely week!
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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    August 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I cannot wait to get my hands on some of that pasta! I love the flavor of chickpea flour and it’s full of protein. I love a simple pasta dish that works for the weeknights. Lovely!
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    GiGi Eats
    August 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I really did love me some pesto. I remember having it on noodles like ONCE but what I REALLY liked was having it slathered on some WHITE BREAD along with turkey and swiss cheese!!
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    August 31, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Pesto and pasta is such a wonderful combo, isn’t it? Love it! Alas, the weather gods didn’t bless our tomatoes this year — our cherry tomatoes did OK, but the rest of the crop? Not so much. 🙁 So it’s off to the farmer’s market! Anyway, this looks great — thanks.
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    August 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

    This really looks so easy and yummy ♥


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      September 1, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thanks so much, Summer! So glad you stopped by 🙂

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    Angie Rose
    September 9, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    This looks so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Dishing It & Digging It!

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      September 11, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Thanks, Angie! Always a pleasure to join the party 🙂

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