Five Ingredient Radiatore

I have learned an important lesson in life-add butter and cream to something and it instantly becomes divine.  (The same rule goes for bacon, but that topic is to be explored another day, because I can’t possibly fit all of my food passions into one post).

This recipe is a five ingredient dinner (not counting water and salt and pepper),  that can be made from pretty basic pantry ingredients and will be done as fast as you can boil up some pasta.  It’s great for Meatless Mondays and costs about seven bucks to make.

I chose to use Radiatore pasta because it just looks interesting and it has all kinds of little nooks and crannies to soak up the fragrant, sinful sauce in this dish which really has a phenomenal flavor.  Here is what it looks like:


My boys ate this without complaining, which is a small phenomenon in itself.  And, no I wasn’t yelling at them, they ate it without complaining because they just liked it!

Five Ingredient Radiatore

Serves 4

Prep 15 minutes max

You will need:


1 16 oz box of your favorite pasta

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup sun dried tomato pesto sauce in a jar

3/4 cup heavy cream or half and half

3/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese

S & P

1.  Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil & cook the  pasta according to the  package directions.

2.  Melt the butter in a skillet


Aren’t you relieved I showed you how to melt butter in a skillet?  This recipe is so simple I had to add some filler :)

3.  Add about 1/2 cup of the sundried tomato pesto.  You can get two batches of this dinner out of one little jar of this stuff.


4.  Stir the pesto and butter together:


5.  Add the cream.  This is not an exact science, just add as much as you think it needs to get the color and consistency you like.


It should look something like this:


6.  Add in about 1/2 cup of the shaved parmesan, give or take a bit.


7.  Stir that around and add the pasta.  You can add in a little bit of the pasta water to loosen up the sauce if it’s too sticky.

8.  Add some extra shaved parm and pepper to the pasta once you plate it up.

Wait, um how’d we have eight steps to this recipe when there is only five ingredients in this dish?  Well, who knows, I’ve always been a bit of a wordy person, Lord forgive me.

Isn’t this gorgeous?


I’m pretty sure I don’t have to tell ya how to eat it, so dig in!





  1. This looks really good! I will have to add this to my pinterest board. :)

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