Italian Pasta Recipe Using Pesto

Right, you are reading the title and wondering why I have put down Italian Pasta when all pasta is Italian? I created a challenge and the ingredients that had to be used were leeks, sundried tomatoes, olives and basil. I made flavoured rolls with the ingredients. And with the leftovers I made a pasta sauce. Pasta is a staple in my kitchen. It is my go to meal when I do not feel like cooking, or when I do not have the time to cook. This is usually on a Sunday night when I have been recipe testing all weekend.

Italian Pasta
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Italian Pasta


  • 2 rashers bacon sliced
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 40 g baby leeks sliced
  • 125 g mushrooms sliced
  • 25 mls sundried tomato pesto
  • 25 mls olive tapenade
  • 25 mls basil pesto
  • 125 mls chicken stock
  • 15 mls cream


  • lightly fry the bacon until the fat has rendered down
  • add the olive oil to the pan and sautée the leeks
  • add the mushrooms and cook until soft
  • add the sundried tomato pesto, olive tapenade, basil pesto and stock
  • add the cream before serving

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