Pesto Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes

Pesto Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes

Summer is here and heirloom tomatoes are beginning to appear at local markets. I love the juicy flavor they have and  I enjoy them in simple recipes that are totally approachable for a weeknight meal. This recipe for pesto pasta with heirloom tomatoes screams summer to me and puts a smile on everyone’s face!

Pesto is a fantastic summer staple when basil is plentiful. This is a pretty simple recipe, but you could get creative and choose to add feta to make the sauce saltier. You could also use pistachios or walnuts instead of pine nuts. I love to add pesto to pizzas and sandwiches too! It’s really versatile and adds fantastic flavor. You can find another pesto recipe here!


1 cup of basil leaves

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1 pound angel hair pasta

1 large heirloom tomato

Parmesan for garnishing


Core and chop the tomato.

In a food processor, blend the basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, and olive oil until it is a smooth consistency.

Fill a large pot with water and add a dash of salt.

Bring the water to boil.

Cook the pasta until it is al dente, reserving a half cup of pasta water.

In a large bowl, toss the pasta in the pesto, adding a little pasta water to help the pesto coat the pasta.

Twirl each serving onto a plate and add the tomatoes.

Garnish with Parmesan, and basil leaves.