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Flavor-packed lemon basil pesto spaghetti is topped with juicy bursting tomatoes for the BEST summer pasta side that's perfect alongside grilled chicken or fish.
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Lemon Basil Pesto Spaghetti with Bursting Tomatoes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

Lemon Basil Pesto

  • Juice from 1 medium lemon
  • 1 cup loosely-packed basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (or sliced almonds)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spaghetti and Bursting Tomatoes

  • 1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 oz spaghetti, cooked according to package instructions and 1/2 cup pasta cooking water reserved
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Lemon Basil Pesto

  • In a food processor, process lemon juice, basil, pine nuts, and garlic while drizzling olive oil through top until pesto is completely smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Spaghetti and Bursting Tomatoes

  • Toss cherry tomatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and broil under high heat 2-3 minutes or until slightly charred and bursting.
  • Toss hot spaghetti with pesto until combined and then toss in reserved pasta cooking water. Season spaghetti with salt and pepper to taste and top with bursting tomatoes and grated Parmesan cheese. Serve hot and enjoy!