Easy Pesto Pasta Recipe

Easy Pesto Pasta Recipe

2019-05-30
4 Stars (17 Voters)
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This traditional, classic basil pesto pasta is one of the easiest pasta dishes you can make. Just imagine the combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan, so flavorful and colorful. To make this delicious recipe you need only 20-25 minutes and you can serve amazing pasta dish.
DIFFICULTY
Easy
YIELDS
4
PREP TIME
25 Minutes
WORK TIME
25 Minutes
RECIPE CUISINE
Italian
INGREDIENTS
    • 300g (10.5oz) Pasta of your choice
    • 2 cups (40-45g) Basil leaves
    • 1/4 cup (35g) Pine nuts
    • 1/2 cup (40g) Parmesan cheese
    • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 cup (120ml) Extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt to taste
    • Black pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS

1. Make the pesto sauce: toast the pine nuts for a few minutes over low heat until light brown. Immediately remove and let cool slightly.

2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Process until finely chopped, while processing, gradually pour olive oil and keep processing until smooth. Check the seasoning and add more salt if needed. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

3. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot with water to a boil. Add salt. Add pasta and cook to al dente according to package directions. Drain when ready (Just before draining, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water).

4. Transfer the pasta to the sauce, add 1/4 cup of the cooking water, toss the pasta to coat, adding more water if needed until getting smooth consistency.

5. Transfer to a serving plate, garnish with few basil leaves and freshly grated parmesan.

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