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This pesto pasta bake comes together in just 20 minutes using fresh summertime ingredients from the garden along with plenty of pasta and cheese. It will quickly become your family's go-to dinner when you want something, simple, quick, and easy!
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- Pesto pasta is one of our family's favorite dinners during the summer - and really ANY time of the year. I love to make my basil pesto recipe and freeze it so that we can enjoy those fresh summer flavors all year round. Garden veggies and tomatoes pair perfectly with al dente pasta, homemade pesto, and plenty of melty cheese.
- It's so quick and easy! If you're pressed for time or just don't have the energy to make a complicated recipe, this pesto pasta will come in clutch! You can use up whatever veggies and cheeses you've got on hand - it's the best "clean out the fridge" dinner.
- You can eat it hot or cold! I love to serve the pasta hot from the oven, but the leftovers taste great the next day straight from the fridge too! It can go from pasta bake to pasta salad in no time!
Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium low heat. Add garlic and oregano along with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
Add squash along with a couple pinches salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes.
Add pesto and heavy cream.
Add al dente pasta.
Stir to combine.
Top with halved tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
Bake for 10 minutes. Then broil for 1-2 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley or basil and enjoy!
- In this recipe, I found that 12 oz. of pasta was perfect for the amount of pesto and veggies we used. So what are you supposed to do with the other 4 oz. of pasta that's left? I like to cook all 16 oz. of pasta and then reserve about ¼ of the noodles for a quick and easy lunch/dinner for my daughter. I can add spaghetti sauce or just leave them plain, tossed in oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. If you want the meal to go further, you can include all 16 oz. of pasta in the pasta bake and just add a bit more pesto and heavy cream! Or, look for a box of pasta that is 12 oz.
- You can use any veggies you like in this dish. We have been getting tons of squash from our CSA so that's what we used. Other veggies that would work well in this pasta include zucchini, spinach, broccoli, eggplant, and asparagus. Also, you can add extra veggies to bulk it up too!
- You can use whatever kind of cheese you'd like in this recipe. I love fresh mozzarella and will pretty much try to add it to everything we eat. It's so ooey and gooey with a mild flavor and stretchy texture. It's a great neutral cheese but other cheeses that would taste great include goat cheese, Gruyere, shredded mozzarella, Fontina, or Muenster.
- When you saute the squash in this recipe, you aren't trying to cook it all the way through. You're just looking for a bit of a sear so that you can really start to bring out the flavors. The squash will finish cooking as it bakes with the pasta in the oven. It's very easy to overcook squash so it's important to remember this while you're sauteing.
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