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easy pesto pasta
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Easy Pesto Pasta

Easy and fresh, this pesto pasta is ready in 20 minutes and only uses 5 ingredients. It's full of bright Italian flavors and is finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This is a simple dinner that's so tasty it will quickly become a go-to favorite. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Megan


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • ½ cup pesto or vegan pesto
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ lemon juiced


  • Cook the pasta: add the salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package’s instructions. 
  • Reserve the pasta water: once the pasta is done cooking, drain it and save ½ cup of the water that it was cooked in. 
  • Use the pasta water: add the pasta to a large bowl. Pour in the pasta water and toss with the pasta (this should help prevent the pasta from sticking). 
  • Add the remaining ingredients: stir the pesto into the bowl followed by the cherry tomatoes and lemon juice. Add additional salt to taste. 
  • Serve: serve hot or cold.