Angel Hair Pesto Recipe

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Add crusty bread and a salad to this easy pasta dish to make a complete meal in mere minutes. "The creamy sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil is a pleasant change from traditional tomato-based sauces," writes Irene Smoliga of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 499 calories, 31g fat (9g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, for pesto, in a blender, combine the oil, cream cheese, garlic and basil; cover and process until smooth.
  2. Drain the pasta and transfer to a serving bowl. Top with tomatoes and pesto; sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Pasta in Quick Cooking March/April 2002, p11

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