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Easy Homemade Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1x


The secret to an excellent pesto pasta is its juiciness – not dry but not too oily. That’s exactly what this recipe would yield. Make it like a real Italian!




12 ounces spaghetti pasta

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 cup pasta cooking water

Parmesan, for serving

Pesto sauce:

1/4 c. pine nuts

2 c. fresh basil leaves

1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 garlic clove

6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil



  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt.
  2. Add pasta and cook following the instructions on the packaging.
  3. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  4. Drain pasta using a colander and leave it for about a minute.
  5. Transfer pasta to a bowl and add the pesto sauce and about 1/4 cup of water. Toss to coat the pasta in pesto. Add more water if necessary.
  6. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  7. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Pesto sauce:

  1. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Do NOT add oil.
  2. Add the pine nuts and toast until light brown. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Place all the ingredients EXCEPT THE OIL in a blender or food processor, and blitz until finely chopped.
  4. Slowly pour the oil in while the motor is running. Blitz until smooth.



  • You can substitute the spaghetti pasta with ziti, penne, or any of your favorites.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
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