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pesto pasta recipe with step by step photos – an easy recipe of pasta in a green pesto sauce.

pesto pasta recipe

pesto pasta and pesto pizza are one of those dishes which i am fond of. pesto sauce is one of my favourite green sauce. i make pesto sauce occasionally whenever i want to have it with toast or just make a simple pasta or a pesto pizza with it.

pesto sauce is made with fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts with parmesan cheese. in this recipe i have replaced pine nuts with almonds. you can also use cashews or pistachios instead of pine nuts. i have not added parmesan cheese in the sauce, but added it as a garnish on the pesto pasta.

i have shared pesto recipe only for this amount of pasta, but you can also double or triple the pesto recipe. the pesto pasta recipe is very simple and the way i prepare it on occasions. if you want you can also add some steamed or boiled veggies in the pasta or saute some onions and veggies and then add the pasta.

you can use any kind of pasta to make this recipe. i used a mix of macaroni pasta and fusilli pasta. do use whole wheat pasta if possible.

pesto pasta can be served warm or at room temperature.

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Pesto Pasta

5 from 4 votes
pesto pasta is an easy and tasty recipe of pasta in a green pesto sauce.
pesto pasta recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:world
Servings (change the number to scale):1
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

for the pesto sauce

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves OR 25 grams fresh basil leaves
  • cup almonds - lightly roasted
  • 2.5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small to medium sized garlic cloves
  • 2 to 3 black peppercorns - OPTIONAL
  • a light pinch of salt OR add as per taste

for cooking pasta

  • 1 cup pasta OR 100 grams - you can use any pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • teaspoon salt or add as required

INSTRUCTIONS

to prepare pesto

  • heat a pan and add ⅛ cup almonds on it.
  • keep the flame to a low and roast the almonds lightly stirring often for 2 to 3 minutes. remove the lightly roasted almonds in a separate plate or tray and let them cool.
  • once the almonds cool down, add them in a food processor or food chopper or a small to medium grinder jar.
  • crush them coarsely.
  • add 1 cup basil leaves (25 grams) which has been rinsed first and then dried naturally. also add 1 small to medium garlic cloves. optionally you can also add 2 to 3 whole black peppers. season with a light pinch of salt or add as per taste. the basil leaves can be kept in a colander or strainer and then dried naturally or you can use a salad spinner to dry the leaves.
  • begin to crush the leaves and from top add olive oil in parts. overall add 2.5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. you can also add olive oil directly in the jar. if adding extra virgin olive oil directly in the jar, then add in parts and blend.
  • grind to a semi fine or fine consistency. its your choice. you can also add a few drops of lemon juice to preserve green colour.
  • remove the pesto in a mixing bowl or pan. use a spatula to remove the pesto from the sides and bottom of the food processor, food chopper or grinder jar. cover and keep aside. if using ready pesto, then add 5 to 6 tablespoons of it in the cooked pasta.

making pesto pasta

  • bring 4 cups water to a boil on a medium to high flame. also add ⅓ teaspoon salt or add as required to the water.
  • when the water comes to a boil, then add 1 cup pasta (100 grams).
  • cook the pasta till they are al dente. depending on your taste preferences, you can even cook them till they are completely done. 
  • with a slotted spoon take the pasta from the pan. drain it very well.
  • add it to the bowl containing the pesto sauce.
  • mix very well. if you want you can add some lemon juice or black pepper powder or extra virgin olive oil.
  • serve pesto pasta garnished with some vegetarian parmesan cheese. garnish is optional.
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how to make pesto pasta recipe

to prepare pesto:

1. heat a pan and add ⅛ cup almonds on it.

almonds for pesto pasta recipe:

2. keep the flame to a low and roast the almonds lightly stirring often for 2 to 3 minutes. remove the lightly roasted almonds in a separate plate or tray and let them cool.

almonds for pesto pasta recipe:

3. once the almonds cool down, add them in a food processor or food chopper or a small to medium grinder jar. i used a food chopper.

almonds for pesto pasta recipe:

4. crush them coarsely.

almonds for pesto pasta recipe:

5. add 1 cup basil leaves (25 grams) which has been rinsed first and then dried naturally. also add 1 small to medium garlic cloves. optionally you can also add 2 to 3 whole black peppers. season with a light pinch of salt or add as per taste. the basil leaves can be kept in a colander or strainer and then dried naturally or you can use a salad spinner to dry the leaves.

making pesto pasta recipe:

6. begin to crush the leaves and from top add olive oil in parts. overall add 2.5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. you can also add olive oil directly in the jar. if adding extra virgin olive oil directly in the jar, then add in parts and blend.

making pesto pasta recipe:

7. grind to a semi fine or fine consistency. its your choice. you can also add a few drops of lemon juice to preserve green colour.

making pesto pasta recipe:

8. remove the pesto in a mixing bowl or pan. cover and keep aside. use a spatula to remove the pesto from the sides and bottom of the food processor, food chopper or grinder jar. if using ready pesto, then add 5 to 6 tablespoons of it in the cooked pasta.

preparing pesto pasta recipe:

making pesto pasta

8. bring 4 cups water to a boil on a medium to high flame. also add ⅓ teaspoon salt or add as required to the water.

making pesto pasta recipe:

9. when the water comes to a boil, then add 1 cup pasta (100 grams).

pasta for making pesto pasta recipe:

10. cook the pasta till they are al dente. depending on your taste preferences, you can even cook them till they are completely done. with a slotted spoon take the pasta from the pan. drain it very well.

preparing pesto pasta recipe:

11. add it to the bowl containing the pesto sauce.

preparing pesto pasta recipe:

12. mix very well. if you want you can add some lemon juice or black pepper powder or extra virgin olive oil.

preparing pesto pasta recipe:

14. serve pesto pasta garnished with some vegetarian parmesan cheese. you can also garnish with cheddar cheese. garnish is optional.

pesto pasta recipe

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10 comments/reviews

  1. Tried this recipe today. Tastes yummy. My 12 year old loved it. Definitely healthier than the red sauce or white sauce recipe. Thanks a lot!5 stars

    • thanks hema. red sauce when made with fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and olive oil is healthy. white sauce, when made with wheat flour, is a better version than one made with all-purpose flour.

  2. I just can’t thank you enough for your wonderful blog with amazing recipes…the amount of hard work u put in developing and sharing the recipe with us is so visible in all your recipes…although I have been following your blog for quite a while, felt guilty of not thanking you …and needless to say, this recipe turned out awesome..God bless…5 stars

  3. Just one thing: “al dente” does not mean completely cooked. It will not be fully soft, the proper al dente pasta has a little bit of firmness left in it. A bit of “bite”! That’s the authentic way of cooking it–not til it is totally soft. 🙂

    Nice idea to use almonds.

    • i know. i should have used the word ‘and’ instead of ‘or’. i meant that depending on personal taste preferences, the pasta can be cooked al dente or till they are completely cooked. will change the line so that there is no confusion. thanks.

  4. your recipes are just awesome.. i tired some of them.. the way you describe recipes with pictures.. just awesome.. i love it.. ?