Pesto and Pasta Recipe

Looking for an easy Pesto and Pasta recipe? Learn how to make Pesto and Pasta using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by sbcurtin

Makes 4 servings



This is bowtie pasta and pesto from cooks illustrated.

Recipe Ingredients for Pesto and Pasta

1/4 cup pine nuts , walnuts, or almonds
3 cloves garlic
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons parsley
7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 Table salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound pasta

Recipe Directions for Pesto and Pasta

  1. Toast nuts in small, heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until just golden and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts of water to boil in large pot. Lower skewered garlic into water and boil for 45 seconds. Immediately run garlic under cold water. Remove from skewer; peel and mince.

  3. Place basil and parsley (if using) in heavy-duty, quart-size, sealable plastic bag; pound with flat side of meat pounder or a rolling pin until all leaves are bruised.

  4. Place nuts, garlic, basil, oil, and teaspoon salt in workbowl of food processor fitted with steel blade; process until smooth, stopping as necessary to scrape down sides of bowl. Transfer mixture to small bowl, stir in cheese, and adjust salt. (Surface of pesto can be covered with sheet of plastic wrap or thin film of oil and refrigerated for up to 5 days.)

  5. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta to boiling water. Cook until al dente. Reserve cup pasta cooking water; drain pasta and transfer back to cooking pot. Mix in cup reserved cooking water and pesto; use remaining cup cooking water as needed to moisten. Divide among 4 warmed pasta bowls and serve immediately.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 165.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
603
Calories from Fat
280
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
31.1g
48%
Saturated Fat
4.9g
25%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
88mg
29%
Sodium
166mg
7%
Potassium
308mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates
64.8g
22%
Dietary Fiber
1.0g
4%
Sugars
0.4g
Protein
17.1g
Vitamin A 17% Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 13% Iron 27%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • Low in sodium
  • Very low in sugar
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