Pasta with Pesto Sauce, Romano and Pine Nuts

pasta and pesto

The pasta with pesto sauce is creamy and smooth traditional recipe that will always be a hit. It has the perfect combination of garlic and basil with a slight nutty flavor. This classic dish is a favorite to many. Serve fresh artichoke salad, a side of steamed veggies and fresh bread with roasted garlic and butter.

Pasta with Pesto Sauce, Romano and Pine Nuts
Serves 4
Smooth, Creamy with a Nutty Spice
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. *1 lb. pasta
  2. *1/3 cup olive oil
  3. *2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. *2 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
  5. *¼ cup Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated
  6. *½ cup pine nuts, walnut may be substituted, chopped fine
  7. *Salt to taste (no more than 1 teaspoon)
  1. Cook pasta al dente, read the cooking instructions carefully so you do not overcook. The best type of pasta to use for pesto is Fusilli, Fusilli Paesani, Farfalle, Gemelli and Rotini.
  2. Blend the basil leaves in small portions of around ¾ cup in a food processor. Mix until well chopped. Add the nuts, garlic and oil a little at a time until creamy and smooth.
  3. Toss pesto into the warm pasta and sprinkle with pine nuts, Romano cheese or a sprig of parsley.
  1. For a nice variety, add fresh steamed Portabellas or Shitakes
  2. Diet Type: Vegetarian
  3. Diet Tags: High Protein
  4. Culinary Tradition: Italian
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Tuscany Ceramic Bowls

Serve this  fabulous meal with a nice table setting. Tuscany ceramic dinnerware is perfect for for displaying Italian dinners such as pasta with pesto sauce.


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Featured picture: Renée S. via photopin cc
Pasta and pesto on yellow plate: diekatrin via photopin cc
Pesto in bowl: madlyinlovewithlife via photopin cc


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