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3 Ingredient Healthy Creamy Pesto Pasta

Need a quick dinner?  My Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe has a healthier twist and only uses three ingredients!

Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe

Hi friends,

With spring and summer just around the corner, I know that life is about ready to speed up again.  I can’t seem to help myself, but I like having lots to do on long pretty days. I’d rather be outside and enjoying the the weather than in the kitchen, so I fall back on some of my easy cooking favorites.  Life is too short to spend all summer in the kitchen.

Enter my 3 ingredient Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe with a healthier twist!   You can’t go wrong with basil that looks like that.

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Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe

Here’s why you’ll love my Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe…

My Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe uses pasta, pesto and GREEK YOGURT!  It’s no big surprise that I’m including one of my favorite healthy swaps.  Greek yogurt is my secret weapon in the kitchen these days.

The cheese is a bonus ingredient… more of a garnish really…


Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe

Depending on how simple you want to go with this, you can use a packaged pesto or one you prepare from your garden and chill or freeze.  With summer gardening season just around the corner I can’t wait to be swimming in big fragrant basil leaves like these.  Hopefully I can get through garden seasoning without breaking my elbow this time though. 🙂

This three ingredient recipe is one you have to try and it really doesn’t get any simpler than this to get dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes.

Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe

The end result is delicious, carby and wonderful!  It satisfies all those pasta cravings and you can make this dish even healthier by using whole wheat pasta or protein pasta.  Or you can use plain white pasta too.  I eat it all depending on my mood and don’t judge you for doing this same.  I’m a big believer that all foods can fit into your healthy diet.

Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe

Either way this recipe is sure to become one of your go-to weekday meals!  It’s one of mine and a family favorite.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe

5 from 1 vote
3 Ingredient, Healthier Creamy Pesto Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
Need a quick dinner? My Creamy Pesto Pasta has a healthier twist and only uses three ingredients!
Course: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Wunder
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta or bow tie
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • garnish: basil shredded parmesan
  1. Boil the pasta according to package instructions, making sure to salt the water well. Drain when pasta is al dente.
  2. Stir in the pesto and Greek yogurt.
  3. Garnish with the basil and parmesan.
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Also try these healthy vegetarian pasta recipes…



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Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe

Thanks or stopping by today!  Tomorrow I’m sharing some spring and summer fashion must haves for the year.

Your turn!

What is your favorite kind of pasta?

I’m a big fan of penne and orecchiette… but really I’ve never met a pasta that I DON’T like!

I’m linking up to Meatless Monday & Meatless Monday.
By | 2019-03-28T16:12:23-04:00 March 22nd, 2018|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Vegetarian Meals|31 Comments


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  5. Mona March 26, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    This recipe has my name written all over it! I’m a pesto freak but never thought of adding yogurt. Awesome Idea!

  6. Erinn March 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    YUM! I’m a pesto fanatic and always looking for a new easy recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups March 22, 2018 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Yum, my kids love pesto, I think they would love this.

  8. [email protected] March 22, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

    This looks delicious, Julie! I love basil. I will admit that I have tried using greek yogurt in dishes and don’t like the tart flavor. Any hints on how you avoid that? I know greek yogurt is healthier than mayo and sour cream, just can’t get past the tartness.

    • JulieWunder March 25, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Aw bummer! Have you tried Fage? I usually buy that one and love how thick it is for subbing for sour cream.

      • [email protected] March 25, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

        I’ve tried Fage with fruit in it and like it pretty well, but haven’t tried it plan. Maybe I need to give the plain a try.

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  11. Beverley Cheng May 6, 2015 at 10:18 am - Reply

    i love those little pasta shells! never seen that before.
    i’ve used greek yogurt to substitute in baking, but haven’t tried it yet with pasta. thanks for the idea!

  12. Sarah May 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Yum! My girls love greek yogurt in their pasta sauces!

  13. Jess @hellotofit April 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Such a spring/summery dish! Love the addition of Greek yogurt into the mix. HAPPY THURSDAY!

  14. Jenny April 23, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Oooh this sounds delicious! No surprise, my favorite pasta is spiralized veggies (butternut squash or zucchini)and spaghetti squash. 🙂 We don’t do too many ‘real’ carbs over here. And when we do, they usually look like cupcakes. 😉

  15. Jaime April 23, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love it! I love anything with pesto and I’ll definitely be trying this over the summer.

  16. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie April 23, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Oh, I love a good creamy pasta!

  17. Susie @ SuzLyfe April 23, 2015 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I’m pretty sure that you could put greek yogurt on my shoe and I would love it. That stuff is just so versatile!

  18. I love subbing greek yogurt to make things creamy! Will definitely try this out!

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