Homemade Pesto Pasta

You can't go wrong with a pesto pasta, and this homemade recipe is so easy you'll never want to buy store bought pesto again! This dish can be whipped up in 15 minutes, so it's a delicious and easy weeknight meal.
Serves 2
Ingredients 8
Cooking time 15 minutes
Skill Level Easy



  • 1/4 cup of of olive oil
  • 200g of pasta, I've used Strozzapreti
  • 1/2 cup of pine nuts
  • 100g of cheese, finely grated (You can use Parmesan, Pecorino or Grana Padano)
  • 1 lemon, for the zest
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • A small bunch of basil
  • Optional: Fresh Mozzarella for serving

Watch the process


  1. Start by boiling a pot of water, half filling the pot and also boiling the kettle in tandem, this always halves your boiling time. 
  2. Then, start your pesto by toasting 1/2 cup of pine nuts into a pan on low/medium heat for a couple of minutes until they turn golden. Once cooked transfer them to a bowl or plate to cool.
  3. Then add your pasta to the pot of generously salted boiling water and cook until al dente.
  4. Meanwhile, in a food processor, add in your roasted pine nuts, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a generous pinch of salt. Then blitz until you get a rough paste.
  5. Then add in your basil leaves, the rest of the olive oil, 4 cloves of garlic, the zest of 1 lemon and more salt & pepper (to taste). Blitz until smooth.
  6. Once your pasta is al dente, transfer this to a pan and add in your pesto with about 1 cup of reserved pasta water. Gently stir for a minute on low heat t o allow the pasta to soak up the water and emulsify into a light sauce. 
  7. Then turn the heat off, and sprinkle in about a handful of grated cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. 
  8. I like to serve this with basil leaves, some mozzarella and cracked pepper.


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