Penne With Basil Pesto

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • For the Pesto:                       
    • 2 large bunches of fresh basil
    • 1 cup of pine nuts
    • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • For the Pasta:
    • 1- 454 gram box of penne pasta
    • 1/2 cup or so of reserved steaming hot cooking water


  1. For the Pesto: pulse all the ingredients together in your food processor or blender until they smoothly combine. Add a splash more olive oil if needed to get things moving.
  2. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water. Drain, reserving about a half cup of cooking water amongst the pasta.
  3. Toss and stir the freshly cooked, steaming hot pasta with all the pesto and about ½ cup of reserved cooking water. Serve and share.