For those who like pesto but also love tomato sauce, try this recipe. Quick to prepare and very good, too! Try serving with breadsticks.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain.

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  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium-low heat, mix together the pesto and basil tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer, and season with salt to taste. (You can also heat the sauce in a covered microwave-safe bowl: cook on high for one minute.)

  • Place pasta in a large serving bowl. Toss with pesto-tomato sauce. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

367.9 calories; 13 g protein; 59.1 g carbohydrates; 10 mg cholesterol; 642.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (21)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2008
I loved the sauce. I add turkey sausage with casings removed 1 jar of roasted red peppers and some scoops of ricotta cheese. Delicious. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/10/2009
Boring. Easy. But pretty much boil ziti put sauce on from jar and add Parmesan cheese... no special zing or flavor. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2008
I loved the sauce. I add turkey sausage with casings removed 1 jar of roasted red peppers and some scoops of ricotta cheese. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2008
I loved the sauce. I add turkey sausage with casings removed 1 jar of roasted red peppers and some scoops of ricotta cheese. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2007
It never occured to me to add pesto sauce to plain old spaghetti sauce - the results are wonderful. Though you can't really taste the pesto, it really adds another layer flavor. I did change a few things. First, I browned and crumbled some sweet Italian sausage, then added some fresh mushrooms. Once that was all cooked, I add two cans of plain spaghetti sauce and almost a whole container of pesto. Once the pasta was cooked, I threw it all in a casserole, topped with cheese and baked for 20 minutes or so. My husband doesn't usually comment on pasta dishes - this one he did, repeatedly! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/10/2009
Boring. Easy. But pretty much boil ziti put sauce on from jar and add Parmesan cheese... no special zing or flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2005
Fantastic sauce idea! It's perfect when I don't feel like making a sauce from scratch. I add fresh chopped portobello mushrooms to the sauce and let it simmer for a few hours before serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2009
This recipe is incredibly easy and healthy. I used Prego sauce and pesto with basil. Yum-o! All my kids (ages 17 14 and 5) ate seconds. We served it with frozen cheesy garlic bread and had dinner on the table in 30 minutes! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2009
Not much of a recipe as far as recipes go! But definitely a step up from opening a jar of spaghetti sauce. Tasty with the addition of the pesto quick and easy. Add a salad and garlic toast and voila dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2010
So easy and tasty! Even my 1-year old devoured it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2007
Added some sliced zucchini mushrooms and Italian sausage. Really good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2009
Simple easy fast meal for a quick dinner. Nothing amazing but good and basic. The pesto added a nice flavor but wasn't overpowering. I used whole wheat penne in place of regular ziti (couldn't find whole wheat ziti) as well as a mushroom & pepper tomato sauce to add a few more nutrients. Adding sliced veggies to the sauce would also make this dish more hearty. Read More
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