Basil Pesto Pasta

This is a classic pesto pasta dish that my mum made for the first time in the 70s. Titled “Green Basil Sauce” mum said ‘We thought we were so modern’.

Basil Pesto Pasta

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Serves: 5

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp roasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt if needed
  1. In the blender put ½ the oil, basil and garlic and toasted pine nuts. It is important that the oil goes in first.
  2. When all is blended add the remaining oil (if needed).
  3. Add to hot cooked pasta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese when serving.
  4. Add 2 chopped fresh chillies for the adults.
  5. Pine Nut Toasting
  6. Can be done on stove in a non-stick saucepan, medium heat, shake the pan every 20 seconds for a couple of minutes until nuts are golden. In the oven on a baking sheet in medium heat for 5-10 minutes until golden.


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