Pasta with Pesto Sauce

Pasta with pesto sauce

This classic dish is quick and easy to make with fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese. Storing pesto with a layer of olive oil on top helps keep the basil from getting dark.


Pesto Sauce

8 ozs (g) basil, fresh
5 ozs (g) pine nuts
5 (g) garlic clove, large
1 cup (g) cheese, Parmesan
cup (g) olive oil
1 tsp (g) salt


12 ozs (g) pasta


  1. Pinch basil leaves off the stem and discard the stems. Rinse leaves in a colander.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the pine nuts into a fine paste.
  3. Add the basil, whole garlic cloves, cheese, and half of the olive oil into the food processor and pulse until a smooth paste.
  4. Transfer the pesto to a food-safe storage container and pour the remaining olive oil on top.
  5. In a large pot, fill with 80% water and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cook the pasta according to its instructions on the package.
  7. Mix the pesto sauce with the cooked pasta and serve immediately.
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