Pesto Pasta Recipe

With this all-time Italian favorite pesto pasta recipe we will use fresh pesto to make a delicious simple pasta.

Don’t follow the book, be a cook! Just add ingredients that you like to this dish to make it your own! For example some cherry tomatoes for the looks and some freshness!

We teach you the skills to make pesto and to cook pasta. The rest is up to you with this pesto pasta recipe.

This pesto pasta recipe can also be eaten cold to make it into a fresh summer pasta salad.

The only thing you need is a blender or food processor and a pan to roast some pine nuts.

pesto pasta recipe

Techniques you’ll learn with this recipe

  • How to use oil and herbs to make a fresh pesto sauce
  • How chop good, chop it real good!

With the recipe you want to invest

  • About 15 minutes in total
  • $10 for a 4 person meal

Pesto Pasta Recipe step-by-step

Pesto Pasta Recipe Ingredients

Ingredient How much Imperial How much Metric
Extra virgin olive oil 6 ounces 120ml
Water to boil pasta A big pan A big pan
Penne or other pasta 10 ounces 300 grams
Garlic 1 clove 1 clove
Fresh basil 7 ounces 250 grams
Roasted pine nuts 3.5 ounces 100 grams
Grated Parmesan Cheese 4 ounces 120 grams
Salt & Pepper A pinch A pinch

Pesto Pasta Recipe Preparation

  • Nothing to prepare.
  • Everything will be made fresh with the blender

Pesto Pasta Recipe Cooking Instructions

Again, and we cannot stress this enough, feel free to add ingredients on you own. Just don’t blend them with the pesto mixture. Add these at step 9 of this walk-through

  1. Cook the pasta al Dente. Read here how to cook pasta to perfection.
  2. Take half of the basil and chop in the food processor.
  3. Add the pine nuts, Parmesan and garlic and add 1/3 of the oil. Chop it good!
  4. Add the rest of the basil and chop more! Chop it real good!
  5. Now add the rest of the oil! Chop Chop!
  6. Scrap everything from the sides, bottom and where the chopper doesn’t chop.
  7. Give it one more good old chop and add some salt and pepper!
  8. Drain the pasta and add the Pesto mixture to the pasta!
  9. Stir gently so the pesto gets everywhere!
  10. Add some cherry tomatoes if you have! For colour!