Garlicky Pesto Linguine with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Garlicky Pesto Linguine with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes


This Garlicky Pesto Linguine with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes is a vibrant, flavorful pasta dish that combines the pungent flavors of garlic and basil pesto with the sweet, juicy essence of roasted cherry tomatoes. This simple yet delicious dish is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a hearty lunch.

– 12 oz linguine pasta
– 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
– 4 cloves garlic, minced
– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 cup fresh basil leaves
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
– 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
– 1 lemon, juiced
– Optional: fresh basil for garnish


### Step 1: Prepare the Linguine
1. ***Cook the linguine*** according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

### Step 2: Roast the Cherry Tomatoes
2. ***Preheat your oven*** to 400°F (200°C).
3. ***Toss the cherry tomatoes*** with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
4. ***Spread the tomatoes*** on a baking sheet in a single layer.
5. ***Roast for about 15 minutes*** until the tomatoes are soft and slightly caramelized.

### Step 3: Make the Pesto
6. ***In a food processor***, combine the basil leaves, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, lemon juice, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
7. ***Process until smooth***, adjusting the consistency with more olive oil if necessary.
8. ***Season with salt and pepper*** to taste.

### Step 4: Combine and Serve
9. ***In a large pan*** over medium heat, add the cooked linguine and roasted cherry tomatoes.
10. ***Add the pesto*** to the pan and toss everything together until well coated.
11. ***Heat through*** for a few minutes, ensuring the pasta is well coated with the pesto and everything is evenly mixed.
12. ***Serve hot***, garnished with extra grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil if desired.

Enjoy your Garlicky Pesto Linguine with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes!