How to get kids to eat their veggies: Swap in the ones they actually like! Customize this delicious dish, made with our Traditional Basil Pesto, to suit your picky palates.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
11 mins
total:
26 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil, add salt to taste and the Penne, and stir gently.

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  • Cook pasta according to package directions adding the vegetables and peas for the last 4 minutes of cooking; remove from heat and drain well.

  • Meanwhile, in a large pot bring the Traditional Basil Pesto and half-and-half* to a low simmer.

  • Add pasta to the sauce in pot; heat through.

  • Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Notes:

*Or reserve 1/4 cup pasta water and use in place of half-and-half or whole milk.

Customize it: Customization is clutch when it comes to making meals to please even the pickiest eaters. With this dish, any fresh vegetable mixture will do.

Nutrition Facts

348 calories; protein 12.6g; carbohydrates 51.2g; fat 11g; cholesterol 9mg; sodium 296.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2016
I thought this dish was delish! I used fresh broccoli asparagus and corn. I used frozen peas as well and followed the directions to the "T". It came out great. I would make this again maybe add some more veggies like carrots for color. Besides being really yummy it was so quick and being a mom of 4 quick and good is a major plus. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2016
I thought this dish was delish! I used fresh broccoli asparagus and corn. I used frozen peas as well and followed the directions to the "T". It came out great. I would make this again maybe add some more veggies like carrots for color. Besides being really yummy it was so quick and being a mom of 4 quick and good is a major plus. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2018
I made this as directed but used frozen peas and my own homemade pesto. Great way to use your veggies. I added asparagus broccoli cauliflower & carrots. It would be great with chicken or even salmon added. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2017
I really liked it. I followed the directions exactly Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2016
It doesn't get any better than this! So creamy and delicious plus veggies! You can't go wrong with this dish! I would like to try it with some grilled chicken for a meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2018
This was fantastic! I added chicken pieces asparagus and sliced cherry tomatoes. Probably will avoid asparagus next time the pieces felt out of place. I also used linguine since that s what I had. It s a good base recipe to experiment with! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2018
Id give then 10 stars if I could- so yummy. bought tomato pesto sauce on accident but it was so good. haven't tried it with traditional. delicious. ate a few days in a row and never got tired of it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2019
Followed directions and used asparagus broccoli & frozen peas/corn. Used whole milk & extra Parmesan. Was perfect and my toddler ate her veggies!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2019
I added mushrooms and one hard boiled egg chopped. I did not cook the frozen peas so they stayed a bit crunchy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2019
Great way to eat asparagus! I cut everything in half but I should have used the full 8oz jar of pesto instead of only using 6oz of it. Read More
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