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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta | Seasoned and Salted

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Basil

This Bucatini with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Cream and Basil dish is silky, tangy, and just a little bit spicy. Perfect for an intimate dinner for two or feeding the whole family! You can even add some protein (like grilled shrimp or crumbled sausage) if you're wanting to beef it up a bit! Trust me, you will love this sun-dried tomato pesto pasta.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 542kcal
Author: Allie Hagerty


  • 8 oz bucatini or pasta of your choice
  • 1/4 cup sun-died tomato pesto
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  • Add water to a large stockpot and salt liberally and bring to a boil. Cook your pasta according to the directions (al dente). While we cook the pasta, let's make the sauce.
  • In a large sauté pan, melt 8 tbsp unsalted butter over medium heat until just foaming. Then, add in 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, while whisking, until combined.
  • Next, add 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato pesto, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix until combined. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom.
  • When the pasta is finished cooking, strain and add it to the pesto cream sauce. Remove the sauté pan off the heat, add 1/2 cup basil leaves, and use tongs to toss. Continue to toss until the pasta is evenly coated in the sauce. Serve immediately.


Sodium: 151.2mg | Sugar: 4.6g | Fiber: 4.1g | Potassium: 195.9mg | Cholesterol: 100mg | Calories: 542kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Saturated Fat: 21.1g | Fat: 36.2g | Protein: 8.4g | Carbohydrates: 47.3g
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