Simple and fast, this fresh basil pesto recipe is ready in just minutes! Full of bright and fresh flavors, this pesto is a regular in the menu rotation. #pesto #Italian
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
- 1 pound dried pasta of choice
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 1 cup fresh parsley chopped (or kale)
- 1 lemon juiced
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup pine nuts toasted
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Toast pine nuts in a saute pan over medium low heat until they start to turn a light brown. Stir occasionally for even toasting.
Start cooking pasta as per package directions.
If you are including any sauteed vegetables, start sauteing them now.
Meanwhile, add all other ingredients to food processor.
When nuts are toasted, add nuts to food processor. Turn on and blend until all ingredients are incorporated, approximately 20 seconds.
When pasta is done, drain and add back to pot. Add pesto sauce and any vegetables or add-ins. Stir to combine until evenly coated.
Serve this alongside homemade garlic bread!
The sauce will give you approximately 1 3/4 cups of pesto.
To make a cream sauce: add 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half to food processor after blending. Briefly blend to incorporate.
Optional add-ins to pasta:
Use vegetarian cheese for vegetarian version.
- Diced tomatoes
- Cherry tomatoes, halved
- Sauteed red onion
- Asparagus, 1" pieces
- Sauteed zucchini
- Sun dried tomatoes, chopped
Calories: 767kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2042IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 4mg