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A Quick, healthy and yummy meal!
This is a fast meal that is delicious amd so easy to make!

This version is vegetarian, but can easily be made vegan (just add a vegan cheese) or you can add any protein you like.

Posted by AileenFairycat from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States • Published See AileenFairycat's 9 projects »
  • How to cook a pesto pasta. Pesto Pasta - Step 1
    Step 1

    First start your water boiling for your pasta. Get all your ingredients ready.

    When you add the noodles to the water that's when we get started (or pre-make the sauce if you need the extra time, this sauce will sit just fine). Any type of noodles will work but here I am using Spagetti.

  • How to cook a pesto pasta. Pesto Pasta - Step 2
    Step 2

    I love my little chopper!!! You can use any small chopper, food processor or hand chop the basil if you do not processor.

  • How to cook a pesto pasta. Pesto Pasta - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fill the chopper, with basil, for two people I use approx. 1 cup of basil.

  • How to cook a pesto pasta. Pesto Pasta - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add 3 garlic cloves or more to taste. I also add fresh ground black pepper and Granulated Garlic.

    Add approx. 1 1/2-2 tbsp Garlic Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    I also like a splash of Balsamic Vinager, but that is optional.

  • How to cook a pesto pasta. Pesto Pasta - Step 5
    Step 5

    Then add vegetable stock.

    It's healthy and yummy and has just as much flavor as Chicken stock but with out all the fat.

    I add this by eye it is approx 2 tbsp, it should offer enough liquid to make the basil blend easily but not create a liquid.

  • How to cook a pesto pasta. Pesto Pasta - Step 6
    Step 6

    The last step is rather unusual but adds a nice flavor, take some of the liquid from the pasta as it is almost finished cooking. This water has a nice starch from the pasta.

    I add approx 1/4 cup. If you want a thicker Pesto add less, for a thinner sauce add more. If you add then blend you can see what the sauce will look like.

  • How to cook a pesto pasta. Pesto Pasta - Step 7
    Step 7

    Finish the pasta, toss in the sauce, cheese, pine nuts if you like and a touch of Pepper.

    This is a delicious meal that really impresses.

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Lilli · 2 projects
This is amazing!!!! I will never buy pesto again!!! Happy Happy Happy
Great recipe.
Lysme · Rome, Lazio, IT · 2 projects
mmm...i came from Liguria (were Pesto was first created!)your pesto is good!;P Try it with a pasta called Linguine, is more ruid and flat than spagetti!
Shivi · Perth, Western Australia, AU · 14 projects
A couple of chickpeas would be good to give it a bit of veg protein, I think I'll have to try this!
MaybeMonica · Miami, Florida, US · 33 projects
i love love pesto its my favorite dish

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