Express Pesto Presto Pasta—Lunch for 2

“Express Pesto Presto Pasta” is a quick and easy Italian lunch dish. It features pasta tossed in a vibrant, homemade pesto sauce. This recipe requires less than 30 minutes to prepare, making it perfect for those seeking a fast yet flavorful meal. No specific dietary restrictions or health conditions apply.

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You Need This Stuff

  • 200g spaghetti pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Do This With That Stuff

  1. ‘Fill the large pot with water and place it on the stove over high heat
  2. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, add a generous pinch of salt
  3. Add 200g spaghetti pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions until al dente, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking
  4. While the pasta is cooking, gather your food processor or blender, and add 2 cups of tightly packed fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup of pine nuts, and 2 peeled garlic cloves into it
  5. Pulse the ingredients in the food processor or blender until they are coarsely chopped
  6. With the food processor or blender running, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil through the feed tube until the pesto is thoroughly pureed
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste, then pulse a few more times to combine
  8. Once the pasta is cooked, use a colander to drain it, reserving some pasta water for later use if needed
  9. Return drained pasta back into the large pot off heat
  10. Pour your freshly made pesto over the cooked spaghetti pasta in the pot and use a spatula to gently toss until all strands are well coated with pesto If needed, add some reserved pasta water to loosen up sauce and make it cling better to pasta
  11. Transfer your Express Pesto Presto Pasta into a serving dish ready for lunch’

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Beti’s Reflections

Picture this: I’m strolling through the cobblestone streets of a quaint Italian village, the aroma of fresh basil wafting through the air. Suddenly, I stumble upon a charming little trattoria where an elderly Nonna shares her secret to a quick and flavorful lunch dish – Express Pesto Presto Pasta. This homemade Italian cuisine was love at first bite!

Today, I’m thrilled to share with you this easy pesto pasta recipe that serves two. It’s perfect for those who crave authentic Italian pesto pasta but are short on time. No specific dietary restrictions or health conditions apply here, just pure indulgence.

This homemade pesto spaghetti is all about fresh and vibrant ingredients: 200g of spaghetti pasta, 2 cups of tightly packed fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup of pine nuts, 2 peeled garlic cloves, and a generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. The basil lends a refreshing note while the Parmesan adds a salty depth to the dish. Pine nuts offer a subtle crunch and richness that pairs perfectly with the sharpness of garlic. Lastly, extra-virgin olive oil ties everything together into one harmonious sauce.

To whip up this quick Italian pasta recipe, start by boiling your spaghetti until it’s al dente – that’s Italian for “to the tooth”, meaning it should be firm when bitten. While your pasta cooks away, pulse together basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and garlic in your food processor until coarsely chopped. Then slowly pour in your olive oil until you have a beautifully pureed pesto sauce – our DIY extra virgin olive oil pesto sauce! Season with salt and pepper to taste before tossing it with your cooked spaghetti.

And there you have it – Express Pesto Presto Pasta! A simple and fast Italian cooking recipe that brings out the best flavors from each ingredient without any fuss at all! So next time you’re looking for quick lunch ideas with pasta or healthy pasta dishes to try at home, remember our easy basil pesto pasta recipe! It’s not just about eating; it’s about experiencing Italy right in your kitchen!

Remember folks; good food is all about passion and simplicity – just like our Express Pesto Presto Pasta Recipe! So go ahead and whip up some magic in your kitchen today!

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