Pesto Pasta Recipe

If you’re craving a burst of vibrant flavors in your pasta dish, look no further than Pesto Pasta. This mouthwatering Italian classic combines al dente pasta with a rich and fragrant pesto sauce. Made from fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, the pesto brings a delightful balance of herbaceous and nutty notes to the dish. The pasta is coated in this luscious sauce, creating a satisfying and indulgent meal. Whether served as a main course or a side dish, Pesto Pasta is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Recipe for Pesto Pasta

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces (340g) pasta (such as spaghetti or penne)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the basil, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  • With the food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture becomes smooth and well combined.
  • Season the pesto sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta and pesto sauce. Toss until the pasta is evenly coated.
  • Serve hot and garnish with additional grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 470
  • Total Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 240mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 10g