Basil Pesto Pasta

Basil Pesto Pasta

Real Simple MAY 2007

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, washed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) grated Parmesan


Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Place the garlic, pine nuts, basil, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. While the machine is running, drizzle in the oil through the feed tube, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the Parmesan. Spoon over the cooked pasta.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 814
  • Calories from fat: 52%
  • Fat: 47g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 349mg
  • Carbohydrate: 87g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 19g

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