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Pesto Cavatappi on a white bowl with a blue background and blue and white striped fork.
Easy Pesto Cavatappi Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

The original Noodles & Company copycat Pesto Cavatappi pasta recipe you can make at home....and it's even better!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: baked pasta, pasta, pesto cavatappi
Servings: 6
Calories: 508 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 pound Cavatappi pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup Grape Tomatoes cut in half
  • 8 ounces Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup Dry White Wine optional
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Stock
  • 3/4 cup Basil Pesto
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (approximately 4 quarts) and cook the pasta to al dente.
  2. Drain the pasta and set aside reserving about 1 cup of the pasta water.In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes. Flip the mushrooms and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the wine and chicken stock to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil and scrape the bottom of the pan to release any brown bits.
  6. Stir in the pesto and half and half.
  7. Turn the heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened.
  8. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat.
  9. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and freshly chopped basil, if desired.Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pesto Cavatappi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 508 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 387mg17%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 935IU19%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.