Easy Italian Basil Pesto Spaghetti Pasta
Basil Pesto Spaghetti Pasta is a lip-smacking traditional Italian dish bursting with aromatic herb’s flavors. Basil pesto spaghetti is a very quick and easy recipe and is filled with nutrients. It’s an incredible way to make your kids have greens as well.
Serves 2 people
Cooking time 20 minutes
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 200 gm basil leaves
- 10 garlic cloves
- 6-7 black pepper, freshly crushed
- 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 3 tbsp pine nuts
- Salt to taste
- 250 gm whole wheat spaghetti pasta
- For the pesto sauce, in a mortar and pestle or a grinding stone crush garlic cloves.
- Add basil leaves and crush them nicely into a thick paste or sauce.
- Add grated parmesan cheese and keep crushing. Add pepper and salt and mix at this point.
- Add 2 tbsp of olive oil and mix into a smooth sauce.
- Boil whole wheat spaghetti pasta hot water for 15-20 minutes or until it has biting consistency.
- Strain the water and transfer the spaghetti in the plate and mix the pesto sauce with it.
- Sprinkle olive oil on top with some grated cheese.
- Serve hot with garlic bread or as is.
RECIPE NOTES –
- Pesto means “to crush” and that is why it is advisable to use a mortar and pestle (preferably a marble one) for crushing the ingredients to make the pesto but in case you don’t have one, you can grind all the ingredients in a mixer grinder.
- If you don’t have pine nuts you can use almonds, walnuts or pistachios as well.
- Traditionally, in Italian cooking, parmesan cheese is pretty much the best option for this. However, in case it’s not available at your place, use what works best for you.