Basil Pesto Pasta with Bocconcini and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

A classic combination of basil pesto pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes and bocconcini will bring the finest experience of Italian dining at the comfort of your home!

basil pesto pastaAfter quite a long gap I am bringing a pasta recipe for you all, hence it has to be something special; plus, it should be something which would delight everyone on board. This basil pesto pasta fits the bill perfectly as it has all the specialty quotient needed to become worth of your time & effort. The best thing about my basil pesto pasta is the homemade basil pesto which is so close to my heart that I could never imagine to use store-bought basil pesto in any of my recipes. Making basil pesto at home is so ridiculously easy that there could not be any legit excuse for not making it. Plus, basil pesto is one of the most freezer friendly condiments which will keep well for good 6 months. What more could you ask for! Even though pines nuts are traditionally used in basil pesto, but it is very easily replaceable. If you happen to live in a place (just like me!) where pine nuts are not easily available or are exorbitantly priced, you can very well substitute it with cashew nuts or almonds. In case of almonds, just peel them before using.
 

There are 2 more elements in this basil pesto pasta which make it explicitly special, one of them being roasted cherry tomato. I used grape tomatoes as that was more easily available than cherry tomatoes in my city but both types of tomatoes work well. I used a griddle pan to roast them which is a quick & easy method. You can roast them in a preheated oven too with a drizzle of olive oil until they are charred on the edges. While I am thinking of it, I feel that a dash of sun-dried tomatoes would have also added some extra oomph to this basil pesto pasta. I didn’t have sun-dried tomatoes handy when I was making this pesto pasta; but if you happen to have one, do try it and let me know how it turned out. I am almost sure that it would pair really well with the fresh flavor of basil pesto and the melty goodness of bocconcini cheese.  

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