Background and History
Indulge in the timeless allure of Pesto Pasta, a dish that traces its origins to the rich culinary heritage of Italy. Pesto, a luscious green sauce, takes center stage in this recipe, marrying fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil to create a symphony of flavors that has been enchanting taste buds for centuries.
8 oz pasta (spaghetti, linguine, or your choice)
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
Optional: Cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves for garnish
Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Prepare Pesto Sauce
In a food processor, combine fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
Stream in Olive Oil
With the food processor running, slowly stream in the olive oil until the pesto reaches a smooth consistency.
Combine Pasta and Pesto
In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the prepared pesto sauce until evenly coated.
Optionally, garnish with grated Pecorino Romano cheese, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. Serve immediately.
Experiment with different pasta shapes for a varied texture.
Adjust the amount of garlic and cheese according to personal preferences.
Pine nuts and cheeses may be allergens for some individuals; exercise caution and adapt ingredients accordingly.