Fragrant Basil Pasta

Serve this dish using flat, fettuccini-type pasta. Any good pasta will do. Do not attempt this pasta with dry basil; it will not come out right.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1⁄2 lb. wide pasta noodles
  • 1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. black pepper


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil with the garlic until the garlic begins to turn golden. Immediately dump the garlic into the jar of a blender. Add the basil, cheese, salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons of the pasta cooking liquid. Blend until smooth.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the bowl along with all the remaining ingredients. Toss well and serve immediately.