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Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta
Makes:
10 servings
Prep Time:
10
minutes
Total Time:
25
minutes
based on
72 reviews
Pasta, veggies and ham in a creamy pesto cheese sauce will make this easy-to-prepare Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta dish a surefire winner with the family.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box (12 oz.) dry tri-color rotini or spiral shaped pasta
  • 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot medley
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 tablespoons jarred or refrigerated pesto with basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions:

COOK pasta according to package directions, adding frozen vegetables to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain. Return pasta and vegetables to cooking pot.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, pesto and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

POUR cheese sauce over pasta and vegetables. Add ham; stir until combined.


Reviews:

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  •  Star(s)

    Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

    Jennifer LaRonge from Hayward, WI

    I make a version of this, with diced cukes, rotini, diced cheddar, diced ham, and ranch dressing. Always a big hit.

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    Tasty and Easy

    Benjamin Young from Knoxville, TN

    This was easy to put together and tasted fine.

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    Yummy

    Nichole Halley from NIPOMO, CA

    This recipe was very tasty. My kids, ages 2 & 4 ate it all up!!

  •  Star(s)

    Fast and Easy

    Christopher Steenbergen from STREATOR, IL

    This was incredibly easy to make and pleased the entire family.

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    Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

    Kathy Bennett from WEST TERRE HAUTE, IN

    This recipe is fast and easy. I have tried a variety of meats and its always good.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful taste

    patricia matthews from kansas city, KS

    This was a wonderful dish. I love pesto/cheese combo. This was a fast easy dish.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    Stacey Cearley from

    This is a very good recipe! I added chicken instead of ham and it was perfect!

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    Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

    C Hart from

    This is a great meal to make for the vegetarians in the family - I just left out any meat.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy to Do

    NICOLE Hark from WOODBRIDGE, NJ

    I made this recipe with little effort and it turned out good.

  •  Star(s)

    Fast and filling

    Nicole McGinnis from LINWOOD, KS

    I loved this pasta and it tastes great with chicken instead of the ham. I used the Italian cheese blend and it melted very nice.

  •  Star(s)

    Loved It!

    donna lane from FERNANDINA BEACH, FL

    I made this the other night for the first time to try something different. Usually my husband frowns on really different things, but to my amaze, he loved it also. Your recipes are getting him to try many different things. Thanks!

  •  Star(s)

    An easy twist

    Rachel Kronvold from MCHENRY, IL

    My husband and I love pasta and pesto, so this recipe is a wonderful twist on a favorite meal. I found this meal to be very easy to prepare.

  •  Star(s)

    Easily Modified to Taste

    Kimberly Brady from FAIRVIEW PARK, OH

    This was really easy... I added lima beans and substituted cooked chicken breast for ham. Delicious!

  •  Star(s)

    Wow

    Sheetal Patel from Scarborough, ON

    I like this recipe... it looks easy and tasty! Can't wait to try!

  •  Star(s)

    Easy and tasty!

    Jill Parrett from NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI

    Good, fast recipe that's easy to "jazz up" with different additions (sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, etc.). I can't wait to make with fresh pesto!

  •  Star(s)

    my kids loved it!

    renee mcdaniel from TYLER, TX

    The kids loved it and we decided this can be our new addition to our traditional St.Patrick's Day dinner!

  •  Star(s)

    Comfort Good

    Tammy Hayes from RICHMOND, VA

    Healthy and delicious comfort food!

  •  Star(s)

    YUMMY!

    Debbie Bagby from ANDALUSIA, IL

    This was easy to make and great to eat ! In my book you can't go wrong with Pasta and this is a keeper !!!!

  •  Star(s)

    delish

    Judi Schimke from SEATTLE, WA

    we left out the ham because we have 2 vegetarians in the group and it was still quite tasty.

  •  Star(s)

    pesto garden pasta-great!

    LINDA ACHESON from SARASOTA, FL

    Always looking for another way to use up leftover ham.....this was super! Easy, delicious, a real winner in our family!

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    My kids love this recipe.

    Angela Kenney from Topeka, KS

    My kids are picky and they love this recipe.

  •  Star(s)

    creamy pesto garden pasta

    MIKE GREENE from SMITHTON, IL

    tastes great, I make a recipe simular to this myself, I add black olives, kind of gives it a different flair or take on a pasta dish

  •  Star(s)

    Yum!

    HEIDI CARLSON-REID from MONCTON, OR

    I substituted cooked chicken breast for the ham and found this recipe to be even more delicious!

  •  Star(s)

    so good

    Marga Campbell from Spirit River, AB

    It is a good recipe and a great way to get kids to eat vegatables and so creamy.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful

    Lynette Evans from FORT WORTH, TX

    Loved it. Was Great.

  •  Star(s)

    Summer Pasta

    CHRISTINE MARINACCIO from NEWBURGH, NY

    Great salad for summertime meals. Have the ingredients on hand all the time just in case someone pops in for dinner !

  •  Star(s)

    The Fridinger's Fare

    LEE FRIDINGER from TUCSON, AZ

    Awesome!! yummy we had a lot of fun making it, and had a huge dinner for Family and Friends.

  •  Star(s)

    creamy pesto garden pasta

    Gordon Diehl from BRIDGEVILLE, PA

    I found it to be a very easy dish to prepare,everyone really enjoyed the pasta and I'm sure I will use it again and again.

  •  Star(s)

    yummy in tummy

    mike podewell from HOMEWOOD, IL

    Your recipe sounds incredibly yummy,i'll have to try and make it myself.ty

  •  Star(s)

    pasta w/ pesto

    Carol Lagana from HIGH RIDGE, MO

    this was so quick and easy and delicious. I made this as a side dish and my family loved it. The best part is it was nutritional.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy to prepare!

    L Z from York, PA

    This recipe was fast to make and delicious too. Even my picky eaters loved it!

  •  Star(s)

    Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

    JO HALEY from SAN ANTONIO, TX

    Excellent

  •  Star(s)

    Italian Flare the simple way

    Carina Comer from FARMINGTON, CT

    This is a great recipe for people looking for a quick weeknight meal. With broccoli and ham, and non-fat evaporate milk if chosen, this would be a great, healthy recipe to share with the family!

  •  Star(s)

    Fantastic

    Christie Sardo from Nutley, NJ

    My boyfriend is Italian, loves pasta and can eat it everyday although is was getting to a point where it was just too "boring". This recipe was delicious and brought a new taste to our palete. Also, extremely easy to make.

  •  Star(s)

    creamy pesto garden pasta

    Christine Burns from ROCK CREEK, OH

    nice dish and tasty, would make a great summer dish on those hot days...

  •  Star(s)

    Good tasting and easy to do

    elizabeth greenhawk from WILMINGTON, DE

    Will make this again. Even the pickiest of eaters liked this one.

  •  Star(s)

    Fast and Nutritional

    vicki grafflin from richmond, IN

    My family loved this recipe. As a retired food and nutrition teacher I appreciated the fact that the recipe used foods from at least 4 food groups all in one dish. It was also quick to make.

  •  Star(s)

    Delightful!

    Stephanie Hagee from ANNAPOLIS, MD

    Can easily substitute the ham for portobello mushrooms to make it vegetarian friendly

  •  Star(s)

    tasty!

    Angela Marion from FOREST HILL, MD

    this was so quick and easy to make and very tasty! we all loved it!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Comfort Food

    COREY SCIASCIA from BEALLSVILLE, PA

    On a cold day, I made it with light kilbessa rather than ham because that's what I had on hand and my family loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy!

    Hazel Kitler from Schenectady, NY

    Quick, easy & delicious!! We loved it, and I will prepare it often!

  •  Star(s)

    Healthy and simple!

    lori ann Monte from APOLLO, PA

    I made this as a side dish but it ended up being the star of the dinner!

  •  Star(s)

    Easy to make Great to eat

    Karen Burghardt from MONTGOMERY, AL

    My children loved this simple but hearty meal. They were leary of the green color but once they got over that they enjoyed it and asked for seconds. Will definitely make again.

  •  Star(s)

    Great addition to my recipe box!

    Sue Shrum from BOWLING GREEN, MO

    This recipe was great. The whole family enjoyed it.

  •  Star(s)

    yummy!

    Pamela Mosher from Martinez, CA

    Creamy pasta comfort food with the basil goodness. Really good! The kids gobble this up in spite of it being green :)

  •  Star(s)

    Easy to Make and Flavorable

    Joan McCarty from Creal Springs, IL

    Thie dish was easy to make and flavorful. I served it to guests and they loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    My family loves it!!!!

    Justina Clark from Rockdale, TX

    There is never enough of this to go around at my kitchen table!!!

  •  Star(s)

    EVEN GOOD WITHOUT THE HAM

    Steven Kalski from PALMDALE, CA

    TASTY AND NUTRITIONAL

  •  Star(s)

    mmm...

    Angela Wong from

    This dish is totally delicious and flavorful! It takes a short amount of time to prepare and it makes life a lot easier after a hard working day.

  •  Star(s)

    Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

    Kathy Christopher from WILLIAMSVILLE, NY

    What a great recipe- quick, easy and flavorful!!! I will make this again and again for my family!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 10 

  • Calories: 330
  • Calories from Fat: 110
  • Total Fat: 12g (18% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 6g (30% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 45mg (15% of DV)
  • Sodium: 560mg (23% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 36g (12% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g (12% of DV)
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 19g
  • Vitamin A: 50% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 15% of DV
  • Calcium: 30% of DV
  • Iron: 10% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 box (12 oz.) dry tri-color rotini or spiral shaped pasta
  • 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot medley
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 tablespoons jarred or refrigerated pesto with basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

 

Directions

COOK pasta according to package directions, adding frozen vegetables to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain. Return pasta and vegetables to cooking pot.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, pesto and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

POUR cheese sauce over pasta and vegetables. Add ham; stir until combined.

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