Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta

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.

Ingredients

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

Serves

4

Time

Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Instructions

Cook Pasta

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.

Serve

Optionally, garnish with grated Pecorino Romano cheese, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

(Per Serving)

Calories: 500

Protein: 12g

Fat: 35g

Carbohydrates: 40g

Fiber: 3g

Notes

Experiment with different pasta shapes for a varied texture.

Adjust the amount of garlic and cheese according to personal preferences.

Allergy Warning

Pine nuts and cheeses may be allergens for some individuals; exercise caution and adapt ingredients accordingly.

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