Pasta with Alfredo-Pesto Sauce

"Pasta is great with Alfredo Sauce, right? Pasta is great with Pesto Sauce, right? Doesn't this recipe make sense? ;-)"
photo by Topaz31 photo by Topaz31
photo by Topaz31
photo by Topaz31 photo by Topaz31
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  • Finely chop basil, pine nuts and garlic in processor.
  • Gradually add olive oil through feed tube and process until smooth; mix in ½ cup Parmesan.
  • Transfer to a small jar (can be made up to 4 days ahead – make on the weekend to enjoy a quick, mid-week meal. Pour enough olive oil on surface of pesto to inhibit exposure to air).
  • Bring cream to boil in medium saucepan; whisk in pesto.
  • Season to taste.
  • Combine pasta, sauce and remaining 3/4 cup Parmesan in large bowl.
  • Toss to coat evenly and serve sprinkled with some minced basil.
  • Note: If you want this 'saucier' you can add a little milk to wet the pasta.

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  1. smoke alarm jr
    Yummy.....yummmy!!!This chef will rate this underdog differently for this sauce is out of this world! I followed the directions to a tee but served over bow tie pasta. We all kept dipping into the sauce with bread pieces and this was before I had even finished cooking the pasta. If I was to serve the sauce with just bread sticks I may add a tablespoon or two of cream cheese to thicken it even more. Rich, creamy,comforting and delicious. Next time I will have a bottle of wine on hand to go with this meal!
  2. Topaz31
    This recipe was awesome! I did cheat though... sssshhhhhh. I just bought a jar of pesto because I was craving this so bad. We have a restaurant that serves this but at 18 a plate and four of us, it gets expensive. <br/><br/>I also served it with stuffed chicken breast. I pounded it and stuffed it with cream cheese, some of the pesto and thawed frozen spinach. I dipped it in eggs then italian pecko crumbs (mixed with some Penzey's tuscan sunset spice) and then fried. I made spinach flavored noodles and put the chicken on top and then covered with this sauce. It was awesome! I used the remaining of the jar of the pesto in the sauce. Oh, I also doubled it. I added a little salt, pepper and of course my Tuscan Sunset italian spice flavor. I also made braised mushrooms as well. I wanted more!!!
  3. Not-A-Chef4you
    Regrettably, my spouse and I hated this - actually threw out the rest of what we prepared which we had hoped to eat as leftovers. Followed the recipe, fresh ingredients and all. Can't figure out what went wrong.<br/> <br/>Maybe it's just our tastes, but I know I have had pesto/alfredo before and loved it. If anyone knows of modifications to make this more palatable, please share your ideas and recommendations. This recipe was a big disappointment!!
  4. CookPrincess
    Loved this! I reduced the calories by using only 1/2 a cup of cheese and adding a bit of salt to make up for the missing flavor. Fabulous!
  5. CLErickson
    Just made this for my younger twin brothers' birthday. We opted to eat in this year instead of going out to save some money (8 people really adds up as we all know). One likes pesto, one likes alfredo. So I ran it past them both if this would be alright and they decided to go for it. Am I ever glad they OK'd it! And so is the rest of my family. It's a very simple recipe, but tastes like (and has the texture of) something you would get at a restaurant. Paired it with shredded chicken, and it disappeared. I changed the serving size to 10-15 because i didn't know how much the family would be eating. I overestimated and now have a lot of sauce leftover-but am not afraid that it will go to waste. The little remaining after the meal went in the fridge, and I have to say, it makes a really tasty pasta salad.


<style>body { background: url(""); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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