Italian Pasta With Pesto Sauce

Italian Pasta with Pesto Sauce

Basil is used in Italian, Mediterranean, and Thai cuisine.

Verities of basil include the Sweet Basil, Lemon Basil, Thai Basil, and Holy Basil. The latter is used in Ayurvedic traditional medicine practices.

Basil is a member of the Lamiaceae family, and included with the plant species is the mint, oregano, catnip, rosemary, and sage.

Italian Pasta With Pesto Sauce

This meal can be prepared in 30 minutes, and here is what you will need, starting with the pesto recipe.

Pesto Sauce

Traditional Pesto Sauce








2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
¼ cup pine nuts
2 large garlic cloves
½ cup grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Place all the ingredients in a food processor, except oil, and pulse. Start to add oil slowly, pulsing until ingredients form a smooth paste.

If you do not use right away, or there are left overs, store in a jar container with a layer of olive oil on top to prevent discoloration.

Prepare the spaghetti pasta according to packaged instructions. Just as pasta is done, place a large frying pan on medium heat. Then drain and rinse pasta. Set aside.

Pour about 1/8 cup (1 ounce) of olive oil to the heated pan, let warm and then add the pasta to pan.

Mix to coat the pasta and add pesto sauce, starting with a 1/2 cup and mix to coat the pasta adding more pesto if needed.

Italian Pasta with Pesto Sauce (close-up)

Plate and serve.

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10 thoughts on “Italian Pasta With Pesto Sauce

  1. This is a favorite in our house, so I grow lots of basil in the warm weather. Put up quite a few containers for the freezer to use all winter. It freezes so well, as long as you don’t add the cheese until it is defrosted.

    • Funny right. I could not fine any information were they came up with that name. Unless because that type is used for medicinal purposes over other basil varieties.

      Thanks RoSy for stopping by and commenting.


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