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Pesto Pasta for One

Make this pesto pasta for one in just 10 minutes with pre-made pesto sauce, like this Arugula Basil Pesto or Pistachio Pesto. It's a quick dinner you can throw together on days you didn't plan ahead and want something equally easy and delicious.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Rebecca


  • Medium Pot
  • medium mixing bowl
  • fork
  • MIcroplaner or Box Grater


  • 2 ounces pasta of choice
  • ¼ cup shelled edamame
  • ¼ cup freezer pesto
  • ½ cup frozen vegetables optional
  • grated parmesan cheese to taste
  • red pepper flakes optional


  • Cook 2 ounces pasta according to box directions.
  • When pasta is about 5 minutes from being done, add ¼ cup frozen edamame and ½ cup frozen vegetables (optional) to cooking pasta. Finish cooking until vegetables are tender and pasta is al dente.
  • Reserve 1-2 Tablespoons of pasta water before draining
  • Drain water, transfer pasta to serving bowl or mixing bowl, add back 1 Tablespoon of pasta water, and ¼ cup pesto. Stir until all pasta is coated with pesto. Add more pasta water if needed.
  • Top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes if desired. Serve hot or cold.