This recipe is fast, easy, and cheap! Plus it makes for great leftovers.
This recipe is fast, easy, and cheap! Plus it makes for great leftovers.

We love eating pasta when I’m feeling a little lazy in the kitchen or I’m looking for something cheap to mix in the week’s menu. Lately however, any type of red sauce has made me really sick so I’m discovering my love of a good basil pesto sauce! You can choose to homemake it, which would taste a bit better, but I went the lazy route and picked up a jar of it at my local Vons.


  • 1 box of spiral pasta
  • 1 8 ounce jar of basil pesto sauce
  • 1 jar of large olives sliced in half
  • 1 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • Shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese

The Process

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.

In a separate bowl, combine sliced olives and tomatoes, half of you basil pesto jar, and a good amount of cheese. I love cheese and even though it isn’t very healthy I always had extra!

Drain the pasta. I chose to add the pasta to my basil pesto mixture while still hot but you can also serve cold and it would be delicious!

Make sure to stir well, coating the pasta in your mixture. Add the second half of your basil pesto jar and top with more cheese.

Super easy and super cheap! You could substitute the shredded cheese for cubed cheese ( I like a good Pepper Jack) and try adding chopped green peppers and celery. The options for this are endless!

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