Pesto pasta recipe

Pesto pasta classic Italian sauce with farfalle pasta.

CategoryCuisineCooking MethodTags, DifficultyBeginner
Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time30 mins
Ingredients:
 2 cups fresh basil
 6 grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half
 2 cloves garlic
 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
 ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
 1 tbsp lemon juice, preferably fresh squeezed
 Black pepper and salt to taste
Methods:
Pesto
1

In a food processor, pulse the garlic, 2 Tbsp. pine nuts (set aside the rest to be used as a garnish), lemon juice, and basil leaves

2

While the food processor is running, if possible, carefully and slowly drizzle in the olive oil. The goal here is to create a smooth emulsion. Occasionally, you might have to stop and scrape the sides of the bowl

3

Season with salt and pepper

4

If you are not going to use all of the pesto, then you can freeze it for up to 3 months in an air tight container

Pasta
5

Boil pasta with some salt, according to the cooking instructions

6

Save 2 to 3 Tbsp. of water at the time of draining

Serving
7

Toss pesto in to the pasta along with the saved water, halved tomatoes and 1 tbsp. pine nuts

8

Garnish with basil before serving

Ingredients

 2 cups fresh basil
 6 grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half
 2 cloves garlic
 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
 ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
 1 tbsp lemon juice, preferably fresh squeezed
 Black pepper and salt to taste

Directions

Pesto
1

In a food processor, pulse the garlic, 2 Tbsp. pine nuts (set aside the rest to be used as a garnish), lemon juice, and basil leaves

2

While the food processor is running, if possible, carefully and slowly drizzle in the olive oil. The goal here is to create a smooth emulsion. Occasionally, you might have to stop and scrape the sides of the bowl

3

Season with salt and pepper

4

If you are not going to use all of the pesto, then you can freeze it for up to 3 months in an air tight container

Pasta
5

Boil pasta with some salt, according to the cooking instructions

6

Save 2 to 3 Tbsp. of water at the time of draining

Serving
7

Toss pesto in to the pasta along with the saved water, halved tomatoes and 1 tbsp. pine nuts

8

Garnish with basil before serving

Pesto pasta recipe
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