Quick Pasta with Pesto

While the pasta boils, sauté onions in butter and then stir in a jar of store-bought pesto. Drain the pasta and toss into the skillet with the onion pesto sauce, grated Parmesan, and black pepper. That’s it for a quick weekday meal!

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 3 quarts water
  • 8 oz. dry penne rigate pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1⁄3 cup pesto
  • 1⁄4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper


  • In a large saucepan over high heat, add 2 quarts of water and bring to boil. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta. Return to a boil and cook, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente. Remove from the heat and drain well.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add the onions and gently cook, stirring often for 7 to 10 minutes, or until translucent. Stir in the pesto and the pasta. Toss to coat.
  • Remove from heat and toss with cheese and black pepper. Serve immediately.