Copycat Pesto Cavatappi


Pesto Cavatappi is a delicious, easy recipe perfect for busy weeknights! Start with chewy pasta and toss it with a homemade pesto cream sauce, tomatoes, and mushrooms. It's even better than the Noodles & Company version!

Copycat Pesto Cavatappi
Photo: Culinary Hill
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tomato, cored and diced

  • ½ cup white wine

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup store-bought pesto

  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add pasta and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain well.

  2. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add tomatoes and cook until some liquid has been released and the tomatoes are heated through, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the wine and cream and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cook until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes.

  4. Add pesto and stir until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add pasta and toss until combined. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

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