Roasted Cherry Tomato & Pesto Pasta

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I have an abundance of cherry tomatoes and basil in my garden so I will be making Roasted Cherry Tomato & Pesto Pasta for dinner tonight.

You can make this Gluten-Free meal by using Gluten-Free Pasta. My favorite is Barilla’s, Gluten-Free Pasta.

table set with bowl of roasted cherry tomato & pesto pasta

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What is in Pesto?

Pesto is basil that has been chopped up in a food processor with pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

The key to making the best pesto is to finally chop (grind) all the ingredients except the olive oil and salt and pepper.

While the basil, nuts, garlic, and parmesan are processing, slowly drizzle the oil into the mixture through the blender spout.

It will form a smooth mixture to mix with your pasta. Salt and pepper to taste after you’ve processed the pesto.

What type of Pasta do you use with Pesto?

You can use any type of pasta with pesto but I prefer a noodle such as Rotini as it seems to give the pesto sauce something fancy to hang on to.

As I mentioned gluten-free is also an option.

A cheese-filled ravioli is also very nice with pesto sauce.

Pesto on Zoodles is really good and is a great healthy choice.

What Can You Serve with Pesto?

Today I’m searing some cherry tomatoes with garlic until the tomatoes pop and create a little bit of a sauce and I will top the pesto-coated pasta with the tomato garnish.

Here are a few proteins that you could top pesto pasta with:

  • Sliced grilled chicken breast
  • Sauteed Shrimp
  • Salmon
  • Tuna

Other toppings:

  • Burrata Cheese
  • Mini Mozzarella cheese balls
  • Shaved Parmesan

Roasted Tomato & Pesto Pasta

Using the last of my garden harvest. Garlic and cherry tomatoes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Pasta recipe, Pesto
Servings: 4 servings


  • Saute Pan
  • Wooden Spoons
  • large saucepan
  • Cuisinart Food Processor
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • pasta strainer
  • pasta server



  • 3 cups basil, packed
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup quality olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Tomato Topping

  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic


  • 14 oz pasta, cooked per directions



  • Boil water and cook pasta per package directions


  • While pasta is cooking add 1 tbsp olive oil to a saute pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and 1 tbsp minced garlic. Stir continually for about 1 minute until garlic is fragrant and pin nuts are slightly browned.
    pine nuts and garlic sauteing for pesto
  • Take off the heat
  • Put the basil in your blender along with the pine nuts, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Process until smooth. Scraping down as needed until well combined. I use the pulsing feature for most of this.
    food process after olive oil has been added to the basil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan
  • While the basil mixture is still processing, add the olive oil (1 tbsp at a time) through the feed tube. Stopping to scrape down as needed.

Tomato Garnish

  • After you have made the pesto, saute the tomatoes in 1 tbsp olive oil in saute pan over medium-high heat. Once the tomatoes blister, pop and release their juice, then take off the heat.
    sauteing tomatoes for the roasted cherry tomato & pesto pasts

Assembling Pasta

  • When pasta is done, empty into the strainer. Add pasta to a pasta bowl, top with pesto, and toss to coat. Top with the tomato mixture.


Garlic is to taste. If you aren’t a fan, don’t add as much! If you love garlic, like me, add a little more.
Same with salt and pepper, it is to taste.

Tools you’ll need

Side Dishes for Roasted Cherry Tomato & Pesto Pasta

Mediterranean or Meatless Monday

When I’m meal planning I use themes as a way to make my plan easy. On Monday I typically make a pasta recipe.

I love pasta and I’m so glad that I can enjoy occasionally having pasta by choosing a GF option.

Most of the time I use zoodles for the sauce that I make on Mondays.

I’m so glad that I can use up the harvest that is still left in my garden. This meal was delicious!


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