Pesto Spaghetti

The combination of basil, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil is classic and delicious. In the old days, Italians used a mortar and pestle to make this uncooked basil sauce. For our purposes, a blender works just as well. Make the sauce in advance and cook the angel hair pasta at the last minute.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups basil leaves, stemmed and packed
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper

Directions

  • Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, spread the pine nuts on a baking sheet and lightly toast under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the pine nuts.
  • Place the garlic and pine nuts in blender and blend until chopped. Add the basil and Parmesan a bit at a time, then stream in the olive oil while the blender is running until you have the consistency of coarse cornmeal. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over hot pasta.

Recipe Information

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups basil leaves, stemmed and packed
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper

Directions

  • Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, spread the pine nuts on a baking sheet and lightly toast under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the pine nuts.
  • Place the garlic and pine nuts in blender and blend until chopped. Add the basil and Parmesan a bit at a time, then stream in the olive oil while the blender is running until you have the consistency of coarse cornmeal. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over hot pasta.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories610
Total Fat30g
Saturated Fat6g
Cholesterol5mg
Sodium350mg
Total Carbohydrate73g
Dietary Fiber5g
Sugars3g
Protein11g