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Pesto Cavatappi

Cavatappi Pasta

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This pesto cavatappi pasta recipe is a delicious dish made with just a handful of ingredients! This 15 minute recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!


Units Scale
  • 8oz cavatappi pasta
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • 4oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water.
  2. In a separate skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until some of the moisture is released.
  3. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Combine the pesto and 1/2 cup of the pasta water with the pasta, then add the mushrooms and tomatoes. Add more pasta water if needed.
  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve. Add salt to taste, if needed.