March 13, 2012

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

So excited to share this delicious Pasta with Homemade Pesto Cream Sauce with you today!

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Guess who’s got a new cookbook coming out today?? It’s Ree, the fabulous Pioneer Woman! Her new cookbook Food From My Frontier is packed with more of her famous “simple, scrumptious, and step-by-step” recipes we’ve all come to know and love, and it’s available in stores and online today.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

A few weeks ago Ree was so kind as to send Kevin and me, along with a several other food bloggers, an early copy of her new book. You might have seen it on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. I was just a little excited to get my hands this book and go through all the new recipes!

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

I love the fun, colorful coordinated pages and sections. Each recipe category has a different color, and each new section has a recipe listing to go with it. Makes browsing and finding recipes a breeze!

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Because we all love Ree so much, and in honor of her new book, a few of us decided to get together and throw Ree a virtual book launch party, highlighting our favorite recipes from her new book. I, of course, had to choose a pasta dish! A beautiful, mouth-watering, perfect for dinner pasta dish…

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Hello, lover. This is Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce, and it is one of my favorite easy, weeknight dinners! I absolutely love this flavorful pasta topped with hot rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. This dreamy homemade pesto made with fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, and pine nuts is a cinch to whip up, even on busy weeknights. But you can also make it ahead of time, meaning all you have to do to get this delicious meal on the table is heat up the cream and butter and chop up the chicken. You could have this hearty dinner ready in the time it takes to boil the noodles!

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Just a few simple ingredients here. Thankfully I was able to find everything at my grocery store — which is not always the case! Now it’s time to get serious. Let’s make this gorgeous pasta!

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt, then add the pasta of your choice. We love fettuccine around here.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Now it’s time to get to the business of grating this lovely, fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. This is a great upper body workout, by the way. If you want those long and lean, slender and fabulous (not flab-ulous) arms, I recommend a regimen of grating Parmigiano-Reggiano every day.

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Now add 3/4 cup packed basil leaves to the workbowl of a food processor.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Three tablespoons of pine nuts.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Two garlic cloves, peeled.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

And salt and pepper to taste. A half teaspoon kosher salt and coarsely ground pepper each is just right for us.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Yum!! My kitchen smells heavenly right now.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Process this while slowly drizzling in 1/3 cup of olive oil, and you have this gorgeous pesto. Meanwhile, all you have to do is heat up some cream and butter in a saucepan on the stove, pour in the pesto, add the drained noodles, and you have…

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe


Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

This perfect, decadent pasta with creamy, dreamy, pesto cream sauce.

Pioneer Woman Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce Recipe

Top it with hot, crisp rotisserie chicken and you have a fabulous, easy weeknight meal. We love, love, love this pasta!

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce
  • ¾ cup fresh basil leaves, packed
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ tsp kosher salt and coarsely ground pepper, each
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 oz fettuccine pasta
  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to boil, then add 1 tablespoon kosher salt and 12 ounces pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside. Meanwhile, make the pesto.
  2. To the workbowl of a food processor, add basil, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic cloves, and salt and pepper. Process while slowly drizzling in olive oil. Next add the cream and butter to a heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium heat. Pour in the pesto, stir until well combined, and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, and stir until melted and combined.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and gently stir together. At this point you can either plate and top with hot rotisserie chicken, or if your chicken is already chopped and is cold from the fridge, go ahead and add it to the pasta and stir together for 2 minutes to heat up the chicken.
Makes: 6 servings.
Click here for Nutritional Information.

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce.

Book Launch Party!

Here’s a round-up of all the other bloggers participating in the virtual Book Launch Party for Ree. Take a peek at all the delicious recipes and treats they’re highlighting! Ree has also graciously offered giveaways to these lovely blogs as well, so check them out for seven more chances to win!

Bev Cooks – Chicken Tortilla Soup
I am Baker – Coffee Cream Cake
Picky Palate – Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
She Wears Many Hats – Iced Coffee
Two Peas and Their Pod – Restaurant Style Salsa
What’s Gaby Cooking – Knock you Naked Brownies
Food For My Family – Food from My Frontier: A Giveaway

Thanks so much to Gaby at What’s Gaby Cooking and Amy at She Wears Many Hats for organizing and putting this party and giveaway together!

A Giveaway (Winners Announced!)

Because she is so incredibly sweet and generous, and because she loves ya ;) Ree would like to offer a personalized copy of her new book to three (3) Kevin & Amanda readers. She will personally sign it and mail it off to you herself!

To be entered to win, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section of this post:

What’s your favorite Pioneer Woman recipe?

Oh my goodness, am I going to have so much fun reading your replies!! :) So much deliciousness in one post.

Contest ends Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8 pm CST. One entry per person, please. Winners will be chosen by and notified by email. Giveaway provided by The Pioneer Woman.


Time’s Up!

The winners of The Pioneer Woman Cookbook Giveaway are:

#1038 Steffanie Peck” Her pot roast!”

#1251 Brenda“Love the Spicy Pop Pulled Pork!”

#2491 Kelly R.“I have loved all of her recipes that I’ve tried, but my favorites have got to be her Malted Chocolate Chip cookies and her Fried Chicken. Yummy!”

Congratulations, winners! I’ve sent ya’ll an email.


Congrats on your new book, Ree! Happy Book Launch Day!


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Evin March 13, 2012 at 4:08 am

Cinnamon Rolls

MandyB March 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

I have to say her cinnamon rolls too, love the butter.

Hugh Blair March 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Knock you naked brownies – they’re killer!

Michele March 13, 2012 at 4:15 am

That is such a hard one. I just made her restaurant style salsa the other week and totally love it, but I’m completely enamored by her baked cinnamon french toast-amazing!

Kim March 13, 2012 at 4:28 am

The Marlboro Man sandwich!!!!! It’s amazing!!!!

Blog is the New Black March 13, 2012 at 4:43 am

I want this meal and I want this book! I adore her cinnamon rolls! :)

Ashley March 13, 2012 at 4:48 am

Is this a trick question??? The cinnamon rolls, of course!

Emily March 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I agree! They are all kinds of yummy wonderful!

Buckeroomama March 13, 2012 at 4:49 am

We’ve made her Chicken Spaghetti so many times… and it’s a recipe I don’t hesitate to recommend to others! :)

Sue K March 13, 2012 at 4:51 am

I absolutely love her mashed potatoes. They are a meal in themselves.

Tammy Hassebrock March 13, 2012 at 4:55 am

I believe my husband fell in love with her when she made the triple (or was it quadruple) layer chocolate cake for Marlboro Man’s birthday. I will have to try that. I personally can’t pick a favorite – LOVE everything she makes.

Barb March 13, 2012 at 5:07 am

I have to be honest- I haven’t made any of her recipes YET. That’s why I need her recipe book! LOL
Everything sounds delicious! Thanks for the chance!

Gabriella March 13, 2012 at 5:09 am

The pork chops she makes with Sriracha sauce!

Melissa March 13, 2012 at 5:13 am

Oh fave PW recipe? I may have to agree with the cinnamon rolls comment above. So sinful and delicious…and I’ve only made them once, because when I did make them, that’s all hubs and I ate for the next 24 hours until we felt ill looking at them…and still ate more! (Read: addictive.)

amy marantino March 13, 2012 at 5:15 am

texas sheet cake

disneypal March 13, 2012 at 5:20 am

I love her Sour Cream Noodle Bake – yum !!!

Laurie Vesper March 13, 2012 at 5:22 am

My family and I love her Sour Cream Noodle Bake.

Leonor March 13, 2012 at 5:25 am

I love the pastas! Any of them! I’d love to win her book. We don’t have it published in Portugal. I’m always on the look out for an original version at Fnac. But no luck yet…Maybe I’ll win it! :)

Holly March 13, 2012 at 5:27 am

My son is a huge fan of her chicken fried steak, but, for me, it’s a toss up between her pot roast and Missy’s marinated tomatoes.

Debbie March 13, 2012 at 5:28 am

Pork chops with garlic and wine! (Although just looking at THIS post I’m thinking this Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce may give it a run for it’s money!)

Stef March 13, 2012 at 5:29 am

Oooh those creamy mashed potatoes of hers…love them!

Katie March 13, 2012 at 5:31 am

What a fun give~away! We love her Blueberry Crumb Cake for breakfast…XoXo

Billie March 13, 2012 at 5:32 am

The sour cream pancakes. I always double the recipe. They are so easy and totally wonderful.
My family also loves Marlboro Man’s Favorite Sandwich. It’s an awesome way
to used cube steak. Who knew??

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots March 13, 2012 at 5:38 am

I lover her biscuit and gravy recipe! I recently made a vegetarian version that was to die for! :D Thank you for the giveaway! That pasta looks incredible Amanda! I need a HUGE bowl of it right now…and it’s 6:30am. ;-)

rebecca @ beurrista March 13, 2012 at 5:39 am

To be honest, I’ve never made any of her recipes before. But it looks like the Cinnamon Rolls are a hit, and the Marlboro Man’s Sandwich is a winner, and the one you just posted on looks great too!

Stephanie March 13, 2012 at 5:40 am

So hard to decide….but my family is not happy if I don’t make either the Spicy Dr Pepper Pulled Pork or Ree’s Pot Roast on Sundays!

Elizabeth March 13, 2012 at 5:40 am

Burgundy Mushrooms!

jolene March 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

cinnamon rolls of course!

Vera March 13, 2012 at 5:43 am

Cinnamon Rolls! I absolutely love her recipe. I’d love to try this one too :)

Allison March 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

My favorite recipe of her’s is mashed potatoes. SO yummy!

Divya March 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

without doubt,the Cinnamon Rolls!

Candy M. March 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

We love her crash hot potatoes. :)

Southern Gal March 13, 2012 at 6:01 am

So many. I love the Olive Bread and cinnamon rolls. The guys like the Marlboro Man sandwich and mashed potatoes. Only four. I’m proud of myself. ;)

Shannon P March 13, 2012 at 6:03 am

Love her blackberry cobbler recipe, so easy, simple but delicious!

Diane P. March 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

Well it’s between the brisket and the chocolate sheet cake! Love them both!!

lisa b March 13, 2012 at 6:12 am

Marlboro Man’s favorite sandwich is a hit in my house, it’s now my 7 year old’s favorite sandwich. Thanks Ree!!!

Janice March 13, 2012 at 6:15 am

Oh my…hard to choose…Ree’s Macaroni and Cheese!!! Always a yummy side to any meal. MMMMMM!!!

Jamie March 13, 2012 at 6:15 am

Does it count if I say everything?? But if I had to choose… the cinnamon rolls!

Barb S March 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

Love the new cookbook. I’ve been following her for a few months now since seeing her on TV. My family likes her lasagna recipe! They are all wonderful recipes!

Valerie March 13, 2012 at 6:19 am

I love the cauliflower soup. Make it about every three weeks.

Trish March 13, 2012 at 6:19 am

Her Carrot Thyme Soup is Yummy!

lori p March 13, 2012 at 6:26 am

So hard to pick one…turtle brownies, iced coffee, um….ANYTHING! I have loved her since i saw her challenge Bobby Flay to a thanksgiving throwdown! The pesto dish you just shared will go into my list of faves too!

Stefanie March 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

I would have to say her french silk pie! INSANE!!!

cassie March 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

There are so many to love. Who doesn’t love pesto cream sauce? I think my most-used and one of my favorites is her smashed herbed potato recipe. Simple and delicious and elegant!

Samantha March 13, 2012 at 6:29 am

Cinnamon Rolls :-) Yummy!!

Geneva March 13, 2012 at 6:29 am

My family loves the chicken fried steak!

Olivia March 13, 2012 at 6:30 am

There are so many delicious recipes, but my favorite has to be her beef with peppers stir fry. It’s so good!!

Heather March 13, 2012 at 6:30 am

I really like her restaurant salsa recipe -

theresa March 13, 2012 at 6:32 am

Chicken spaghetti still my favorite

Jean March 13, 2012 at 6:33 am

A bunch of basil caught my eye in the market yesterday. I am now so drawn to the pesto recipe that I will go back today and get the complete recipe ingredients. I often make pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays for quick flavor enhancers in soup or pasta sauces.
I can tell from the featured recipes that she is my kind of chef. Would so love to have the book.
Thanks for the opportunity.

Katie March 13, 2012 at 6:36 am

“The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake” — yum!

Martha March 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

I have bake them before and it’s still one of my most go to recipe the…. Cinnamon rolls.

carrie shrout March 13, 2012 at 6:38 am

If you haven’t tried Ree’s chicken and dumplings you’re missing out. My husband would eat them everyday if he could.

Audra W. March 13, 2012 at 6:41 am

Knock you Naked Brownies!

Jean Punt March 13, 2012 at 6:43 am

I totally love her quiche! So simple and a wonderful brunch with the girls!

Abby March 13, 2012 at 6:44 am

Chocolate Sheet Cake! It’s drool worthy!

Barb S March 13, 2012 at 6:45 am

Gosh…I don’t know what I would make first! I guess anything sweet! Thanks for the giveaway!

Candy Leggett March 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

We LOVE the Dr. Pepper pulled pork…..with homemade pretzel rolls….it’s awesome!! I’m going to try this pasta dish for sure.

lynn March 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

I love everything I’ve made from Ree’s recipes. The next on my list is Cinnamon Rolls

jenny March 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

Our favorite are the smashed potatoes!

Nicole H. March 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

I love her Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto recipe. It’s a fantastic recipe that I can’t even count how many times I’ve made. Everyone I’ve made it for raves about it and I can’t get enough of it myself! SO delicious!!

Karen Haynes March 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

It is a toss up between her iced coffee and texas sheet cake, both are delicious!!

KarenM March 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

love her olive bread and hot crash potatoes! actually, everything I have made of hers is wonderful! would love to win the cookbook!!!!!

Carmen March 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

Oh my gosh, Knock you naked brownies are da bomb!

Erin @ Brownie Bites March 13, 2012 at 7:01 am

Delicious – there is nothing like pesto from scratch!

Pinky March 13, 2012 at 7:01 am

Her iced coffee recipe is one of my fav and love it

Fern March 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

Aunt Edna’s Sour Cream Pancakes… they are the ultimate…

Christine March 13, 2012 at 7:04 am

Texas Sheet Cake ….well, that or her Tres Leches Cake!

Michelle's Kitchen March 13, 2012 at 7:04 am

Big Chocolate Birthday Cake … Happy Birthday To Me :)

Mandy March 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

Such a tough call to make — I love nearly every recipe she has! I think her white enchiladas are our favorite around here. So delicious!

doris March 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

Add me to the long list for cinnamon rolls. What could be better than a warm bun in the morning.

Jan March 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

Whichever one I am eating at the time! Really, that pesto pasta looks fantastic. I really like her spinach salad with the warm bacon dressing. So good.

Susan T March 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

Ree’s Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce is a holiday staple around here!

Tammi March 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

Mulled Apple Cider!

Meagan Wied March 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

I absolutely love the malted chocolate chip cookies. My co-workers tend to agree with me!

Athena R March 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

It’s a toss up between the cinnamon rolls and the Marlboro Man sandwich.

Jenn from March 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

I think asking for a favorite is too hard! But I really like her French toast bake. Oh, and her turkey brine changed my holiday life forever. See, what did I tell you?

oh magada March 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

It’s a tie between Pastor Ryan’s Carbonara and the lemon basil chicken pasta. Holy cow those are good!

Susan S. March 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

Beef short ribs. YUM!

Shayna March 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

I love Ree! So many yummy recipes to choose from! Her chocolate birthday cake is simply amazing!

Michele March 13, 2012 at 7:21 am

I love her Iced Coffee recipe – makes my life soooooo much easier!

Loretta March 13, 2012 at 7:22 am

The one that comes to mind is her recently-posted chopped salad. Only Ree could make a salad look so amazing. Thank you for the giveaway!

Susie Hamlin March 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

The Best Chocolate Cake. Ever.

I made it for my husband’s birthday TODAY and sent him off with it to share with his office. Too bad I couldn’t figure out how to extract a little corner without ruining the pecan-studded chocolate-y goodness!

Dell March 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

We enjoy her Broccoli cheese soup.

Beth March 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love her Asian Noodle salad!

Becky J. March 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

I really loved the whiskey peach BBQ chicken.

Amy March 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

I love the Broccoli Cheese & Cracker Casserole!!

Veronica @ Café con Leche March 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

I don’t think there is a better cinnamon roll recipe out there!!! :)

Celeste B. March 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

To be honest, I mostly drool over her recipes rather than make them because they are so fattening. I do love the Chicken Spaghetti and Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork though. Those must be my faves of the ones I have tried.

Angela March 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

I heart Ree’s recipes! This one looks super easy and delicious! I love Ree’s cinnamon rolls and chicken pot pie! :)

Brendy March 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

Her Chicken Parmesan is out of this world.

Leann March 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

Oh my, I guess if I had to choose, the Mascarpone Oreo Snowflake Cookies. I liked the creativity.

Kelly March 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

I made her little vanilla scones a while back (2 years ago now!) and they were so delicious and just the right size for those gotta have sugar moments. Thanks for the chance to win her new book!

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 13, 2012 at 7:42 am

Thanks so much for including the nutritional info!

I’m sure cinnamon rolls will be once I get over my fear of yeast based baking but until then, it’s her Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders…yum!!

Jenn March 13, 2012 at 7:42 am

SALSA! it’s beautiful, smooth and I want to eat it off my computer screen!

kelly N March 13, 2012 at 7:43 am

i make her cajan chicken pasta all the time, its a staple in our home. haha

Vicki March 13, 2012 at 7:43 am

The Ribeye with Whiskey Cream Sauce

Stacie Bee March 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

I love Ree’s chocolate sheet cake. It was divine!

Theresa P March 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

I can’t possibly pick just one but I will for you lol…..her jalapeno poppers. It’s a tie with many other favorites :)

Ashley March 13, 2012 at 7:45 am

Her Mac-N-Cheese is to die for!!!

Jbmannjennifermann March 13, 2012 at 7:45 am

Knock You Naked Brownies–ONE word….YUM!

Monica March 13, 2012 at 7:45 am

One of my favorites….hard to pick….but one that I made a few weeks ago was the sour cream casserole….super yummy!

Ashley Wright March 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

Oh, gah! That’s a very difficult question to answer. If I had to pick just one, I would have to say her “Fancy Macaroni.” It’s on her website so if you haven’t tried it, you are required to try it this week! :)

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