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Delicious Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe for Quick Weeknight Meals

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My goal most nights is to try and get great family meals on the table for dinner. I love for our family to have the time to sit and eat together each night. Like I said, this is my goal.  However, school work and after school activities often make this difficult. Which is why I am always working on creating quick weeknight meals everyone will eat. My go to meal when we are in a hurry is my Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe filled with veggies and whatever type of meat I have in the fridge. This could be a Polish Kielbasa sausage link or leftover rotisserie chicken.

For this recipe, I am going to make the Creamy Pesto Pasta with Polish Kielbasa links. These work well for my kids because they think they are eating hot dogs. You can substitute the sausage for chicken and it will be great too or leave the meat out for a great vegetarian meal.

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Ingredients for Creamy Pesto Pasta

  • 1 12 oz box of Bow Tie Pasta (or any shape you prefer)
  • 1 Polish Kielbasa (or any type of sausage link your family prefers)
  • 1 jar of Basil Pesto (or make your own pesto at home)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large Zucchini or Yellow Squash (if they are small use two)
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic and Herb Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Optional – add mushrooms

How To Make My Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe

Step # 1

Start by boiling the water for the pasta. While that is going, heat up a pan for the vegetables on medium low heat.  Chop up the onions and toss into the pan with olive oil.  Sauté for 4-5 minutes.  If you are adding mushrooms, toss them in with the onions.  While that is cooking, chop up the yellow squash (or zucchini) and bell peppers. When onions are translucent, toss in the rest of the veggies over medium heat until they are tender but not too soft.

Delicious Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe with sausage & zucchini. Quick & Easy family weeknight meal. Use the recipe as a base & adjust it to your families taste. #pesto #pasta #weeknightmeal #quickdinner #easymeals
Vegetables for the Pasta

Step #2 

When the water starts to boil, toss in your pasta and cook according to the directions on the box. While veggies continue to cook, cut up the sausage so the it will be ready.

Delicious Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe with sausage & zucchini. Quick & Easy family weeknight meal. Use the recipe as a base & adjust it to your families taste. #pesto #pasta #weeknightmeal #quickdinner #easymeals
Boiling Pasta

Step # 3

Once veggies are tender, sprinkle with your salt and Garlic and Herb seasoning or whatever seasonings your family would like. Take the veggies out of the pan and set aside on a plate or bowl. Next, add the sausage into the hot pan to cook. I like to brown them a little, so saute for maybe 5 minutes, flipping them after a few minutes.  If there is too much oil, make sure to drain the sausage. Once sausage is cooked, turn off the heat and add the veggies back in to keep warm until pasta is done.

Delicious Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe with sausage & zucchini. Quick & Easy family weeknight meal. Use the recipe as a base & adjust it to your families taste. #pesto #pasta #weeknightmeal #quickdinner #easymeals
Sausage cooking
Delicious Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe with sausage & zucchini. Quick & Easy family weeknight meal. Use the recipe as a base & adjust it to your families taste. #pesto #pasta #weeknightmeal #quickdinner #easymeals
Veggies and Sausage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step # 4

When pasta is done cooking, drain the pasta and add it back to the pot. I then add a little olive oil to the pasta and stir before adding the Pesto, about 3 or 4 spoonful’s.

Last, mix veggies and sausage with your pasta and serve warm. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Delicious Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe with sausage & zucchini. Quick & Easy family weeknight meal. Use the recipe as a base & adjust it to your families taste. #pesto #pasta #weeknightmeal #quickdinner #easymeals
Mix all the Ingredients together.

Tip for Picky Eaters

If you have a pick eater, plate the pasta with just some olive oil and cheese on their plate with the sausage and veggies on the side. Then, mix the pesto into the pasta with the sausage and veggies together for the rest of the family. This way you are not making two meals but keeping everyone happy. Remember too that this is a base for your recipe adjust it with the veggies and meat your family likes best. 

Delicious Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe with sausage & zucchini. Quick & Easy family weeknight meal. Use the recipe as a base & adjust it to your families taste. #pesto #pasta #weeknightmeal #quickdinner #easymeals
Pesto Pasta with Sausage and Veggies

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Easy Pesto Pasta The Whole Family will Eat

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz box of Bow Tie Pasta (or any shape you prefer)
  • 1 Polish Kielbasa (or any type of sausage link your family prefers)
  • 1 jar of Basil Pesto (or make your own pesto at home)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large Zucchini or Yellow Squash (if they are small use two)
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic and Herb Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Optional – add mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Start boiling the water for the pasta. While that is going, heat up a pan for the veggies on medium low. Chop up the onions and toss into the pan with olive oil. Sauté for 4-5 minutes. If you are adding mushrooms, toss them in with the onions. While they are cooking, chop up the yellow squash (or zucchini) and bell peppers. When onions are translucent, toss in the rest of the veggies over medium heat until they are tender but not too soft.
  2. When the water starts to boil, toss in your pasta and cook according to the directions on the box. While veggies continue to cook, cut up the sausage so that it will be ready.
  3. Once veggies are tender, sprinkle with salt and Garlic and Herb seasoning. Take the veggies out of the pan and set aside on a plate or bowl. Now add the sausage into the hot pan to cook. I like to brown them a little, so saute for maybe 5 minutes, flipping them after a few minutes. If there is too much oil, make sure to drain the sausage. Once sausage is cooked, turn off the heat and add the veggies back in to keep warm until pasta is done.
  4. When pasta is done, drain the pasta and add it back to the pot. Then add a little olive oil to the pasta. This can then be given to your picky kid. For the rest of the family, stir in three or four spoonful’s of pesto to your liking.
  5. Last, mix veggies and sausage with your pasta and serve warm. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Tip: Make extra and use for lunch left overs the next day.

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