Pesto pasta
2nd June 2012

Pesto pasta

By Emma Photography by Emma

There is a lot to be said for the old adage “less is more”.  It can be applied to many facets of my career as a designer and photographer as well as to a plethora of situations outside of work.  This recipe is the perfect example of applying such a mantra to situations of the culinary variety.  When a combination of ingredients come together, such as those listed in the recipe below, the results can quite plausibly be described as heavenly.  Conversely the corresponding after-effects of tucking in to such a meal are much more demonic in nature (read; gluttony, envy, greed etc).  One need only make this dish and sit down to share it to understand what exactly I mean.  It is so utterly moreish that quite without realising you may find you have abandoned any sense of etiquette possessed in you in a race to lay claim to the very last bite.  You have been warned

Whilst delicious served as is, it also benefits from a squeeze of lemon juice as well as the addition of a simple green salad dressed with a mustardy, French vinaigrette (red wine vinegar, olive oil, a generous dollop of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper).


Serves 4-6
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  • 2 cups basil, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 85g parmesan cheese
  • 50g pinenuts, lightly toasted
  • 50ml olive oil


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  • 1. Place the basil, garlic, parmesan and pinenuts in a food processor and blend until combined. While still running, slowly add the olive oil. If it is too thick, add more oil.
  • 2. Cook the pasta and stir the pesto through it making sure to mix it evenly through the pasta.


    1. Time for a Little Something

      Love the simplicity of this dish… so elegant!

    2. Emma

      Thank you for your message. It is certainly a simple dish and so incredibly tasty!
      Have a lovely week and happy cooking!

    3. Alisha

      I have made this twice now. It’s is amazing. And amazingly simple.

      (the second time I made it with spiraled zucchini. ‘Twas equally delicious!)

    4. Emma

      Hi Alisha!
      Great to hear you have tested this wee gem out and that it worked out so well! =)
      Have a lovely weekend,

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