Basil Pesto Pasta has a robust, earthy aroma and is loaded with antioxidants. Basil Pesto Pasta is a wholesome meal packed with nutrition and bursting with flavor, thanks to the fresh basil and other fresh ingredients. This delicious Basil Pesto Pasta is budget-friendly, simple to make, and works as a great side dish or main course. 

Basil Pesto Pasta

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Course Mamma Mia Recipes
Cuisine Italian



  • 600 g fresh pasta penne
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping if desired
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp (5.8 grams) salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (213 grams) extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 packed cups fresh basil leaves



  • Add the pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and olive oil to a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
  • While the blender is still running, add the basil leaves and continue to blend until finely chopped (about 1minute longer).
  • Transfer the pesto to a small container and cover it with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap so it lies against the pesto.
  • Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes or until it floats to the top.
  • Strain the pasta from the water once it is cooked and place the pasta in a large heat-resistant bowl.
  • Pour the pesto over the pasta and sprinkle extra Parmesan over the pasta if desired.
  • Use tongs or two large forks to stir the pesto into the pasta and serve while hot.
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