Pasta with tomato sauce topped with pesto is an easy comfort meal that never disappoints.  Cook up your favorite pasta as instructed on the box and serve with a generous portion of the tomato sauce and pesto.

Yield: 4 servings

Tomato Sauce (3 Ingredients):
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 24 or 32 ounce can of whole or chopped tomatoes
  • salt and pepper

Put olive oil into a skillet over medium heat. 

When hot, add the chopped onion, cook and stir occasionally, until soft about 3-5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes.  If whole tomatoes, break them up by hand as you add them.

Cook for 20-30 minutes until the sauce thickens.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

It’s ready to serve or it can be refrigerated for several days.

Tomato Sauce
Pesto Ingredients:
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves (no stems)
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Combine the basil leaves, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor and process until finely minced.

With the machine running slowly, dribble in the oil and process until the mixture is smooth.

Add the cheese and process briefly to combine.  Store in the refrigerator or freezer. 

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