Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 10 servings


Pasta, veggies and ham in a creamy pesto cheese sauce will make this easy-to-prepare Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta dish a surefire winner with the family.


  • 1 box (12 oz.) dry tri-color rotini or spiral shaped pasta
  • 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot medley
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 tablespoons jarred or refrigerated pesto with basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


COOK pasta according to package directions, adding frozen vegetables to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain. Return pasta and vegetables to cooking pot.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, pesto and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

POUR cheese sauce over pasta and vegetables. Add ham; stir until combined.

Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

by J. Jennifer , Hayward, WI on Apr. 2009

I make a version of this, with diced cukes, rotini, diced cheddar, diced ham, and ranch dressing. Always a big hit.

Tasty and Easy

by B. Benjamin , Knoxville, TN on Mar. 2008

This was easy to put together and tasted fine.


by N. Nichole , NIPOMO, CA on Mar. 2008

This recipe was very tasty. My kids, ages 2 & 4 ate it all up!!

Fast and Easy

by C. Christopher , STREATOR, IL on Mar. 2008

This was incredibly easy to make and pleased the entire family.

Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

by K. Kathy , WEST TERRE HAUTE, IN on Mar. 2008

This recipe is fast and easy. I have tried a variety of meats and its always good.

Wonderful taste

by p. patricia , kansas city, KS on Mar. 2008

This was a wonderful dish. I love pesto/cheese combo. This was a fast easy dish.


by S. Stacey , on Mar. 2008

This is a very good recipe! I added chicken instead of ham and it was perfect!

Creamy Pesto Garden Pasta

by C. C , on Mar. 2008

This is a great meal to make for the vegetarians in the family - I just left out any meat.

Easy to Do

by N. NICOLE , WOODBRIDGE, NJ on Mar. 2008

I made this recipe with little effort and it turned out good.

Fast and filling

by N. Nicole , LINWOOD, KS on Mar. 2008

I loved this pasta and it tastes great with chicken instead of the ham. I used the Italian cheese blend and it melted very nice.