Penne with Basil Pesto
Penne with Basil Pesto
Get this quick and easy basil pesto pasta recipe by Michael Smith from Chef Michael's Kitchen.
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Tossing
  • Preparation Time 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time 10 minutes
  • Yield 1 serving
  • For the Pesto:
  • 2 large bunches of fresh basil
  • 1 cup of pine nuts
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • For the Pasta:
  • 454 grams box of penne pasta
  • ½ cup or so of reserved steaming hot cooking water
  1. For the Pesto:
  2. Pulse all the ingredients together in your food processor or blender until they smoothly combine.
  3. Add a splash more olive oil if needed to get things moving.
  1. For the Pasta:
  2. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water.
  3. Drain, reserving about a half cup of cooking water amongst the pasta.
  4. Toss and stir the freshly cooked, steaming hot pasta with all the pesto and about ½ cup of reserved cooking water.
  5. Serve and share.

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