Learn how to make pesto pasta with quick and easy recipe!
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Pesto Pasta

Serves 2

Ingredients

For Pesto Sauce

Basil Leaves – 2 cups

Almonds/Pinenuts/Cashewnuts (toasted) – handful or ⅓rd cup

Garlic Cloves – 2 nos

Parmesan Cheese Grated – ½ cup

Olive Oil – ¾ cup

Salt – to taste

Pepper powder – to taste

For Pasta

Dried Pasta – 2cups

Water – for boiling

Salt – 1tbsp

Butter – 1 tbsp

Extra Shots

Pasta Omelette 
(from leftover pasta or pesto)

Eggs – 2-3nos

Oil – a dash

Salt – to taste

Pepper – to taste

Leftover pasta – ½ cup

Leftover pesto – 1 tbsp

 

Method

Lightly toast the almonds in the oven and add them to the blender along with garlic and grind them to a powder. Add grated cheese, basil leaves, salt and start grinding.

Trickle the olive oil in while it is still grinding and make it into a puree. Remove and pour it in a large bowl.

Boil water and add salt. In boiling water add penne. Cook as per instructions on the packet. Remove and strain the pasta. Immediately add the pasta to the sauce, drop the butter, add a dash of pasta water and toss them with a laddle.

Serve on to a pasta plate and garnish with basil leaf and grated cheese.

Tips & Tricks

  • Over blending will cause over heating of pesto. This will cause to loose flavour and the pesto to darken. Make sure to touch the outside of the blender jar to make sure it is not hot. If hot then stop for a while and do it again.
  • Never ever cook pesto, always toss freshly boiled, hot pasta into the pesto sauce.
  • Over boiling pasta is easy so try not do that by following the boiling instructions on the packet of dried pasta.
  • Alway add pasta to boiling water and immediately stir it, do not let it sit.
  • The pasta water is useful to lighten up sauce so do not throw the water till your pasta is ready.