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A bowl of fusilli pasta coated in green pesto next to a glass of wine and blue linen napkin

Easy pesto pasta

Published: May 25, 2022 at 12:41 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Pesto pasta is a classic speedy dinner. Our version includes fresh, homemade pesto – whizzing it up takes seconds and your meal will still be on the table in just 25 minutes

  • Low salt
  • Low sugar
Nutrition: Per serving
low insugars1.2g
low insalt0.1g

Make this easy pesto pasta, then check out our pasta norma, pesto pappardelle, baked feta pasta and more easy pasta recipes.

Looking for more pasta sauce recipes? Try our kale pesto, tomato pasta sauce, kale pasta sauce and bolognese sauce.


  • 150g wholemeal pasta shapes


  • large bunch of basil, roughly chopped
  • 15g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated
  • 15g pine nuts, brazil nuts or walnuts, plus extra to serve
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 50ml olive oil


  • STEP 1

    To make the pesto, put the basil, parmesan, nuts and garlic in a small food processer and whizz to make a chunky paste. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a drizzle until the pesto just comes together as a sauce. Add 1-2 tbsp of water to loosen the pesto if you need to. Season well.

  • STEP 2

    Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Drain and keep a small cupful of the cooking water. Tip the pasta back into the pan and add the pesto along with a small splash of the reserved water. Toss well to coat in the sauce. Divide between two pasta bowls and top with more basil and a few parmesan shavings to serve, if you like.


Use half basil and half rocket for a more peppery pesto.

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