Recipe For Rustic Basil Pesto Pasta

I do most of my magazine reading at gym while I am on the treadmill or the stepper. We do not have fancy televisions where I train and so to break the tedium I read. However, I am very far behind in my magazine reading. I often see Reader Events and think how nice they look, but when I see the advert for them it is usually too late for me to book. I know that I have been missing out! The reason I know this is because I was recently invited to a Readers Event by Fair Lady. This is a magazine I can remember my mother reading when I was a child, and the publication is known to put their readers first. Dave and I attended a pasta making workshop at The Cooks Playground. Thankfully Dave was not the only man there but it was definitely a ladies evening out. Our ages ranged from 12 to over 60 and I can assure you that a great time was had by all. The evening started off with a demonstration on how to make fresh pasta. As this is something I feel very comfortable doing, I sat back and let the other participants get a good look. I did however go and watch the ravioli making demonstration as I love making filled pastas. We started our evening by making our own delicious raviolis before moving on to a variety of pastas. To highlight the evening, I have decided to share with you the rustic basil pesto recipe. I liked this as you do not need any special kitchen equipment to make the pesto. I have reduced the amount of oil from the original recipe as I found the pasta was coated with too much oil when we had it on the evening. This makes a perfectly easy meal to make.

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Rustic Basil Pesto Pasta
Rustic Basil Pesto Pasta

Rustic Basil Pesto Pasta
 
Ingredients
  • 200g dried pasta
  • 25g fresh basil leaves
  • 25g toasted pine nuts
  • ½ clove of garlic, crushed
  • 50g Parmesan, grated and extra for garnishing
  • 2.5mls lemon juice
  • 75mls olive oil
  • A generous pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
Method
  1. While your pasta is cooking, roughly chop the basil leaves
  2. Place them into a bowl and then chop the pine nuts
  3. Add them to the basil, together with the garlic, Parmesan and lemon juice
  4. Slowly pour in the olive oil while stirring all the time
  5. Add the salt and a bit of black pepper and check the seasoning
  6. Adjust to suit your palate
  7. Drain your pasta and toss the pesto through to combine
  8. Serve with some extra Parmesan

 

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Disclosure: Dave and I were invited to attend this event. I was not required to write a blog post and any opinions and facts expressed herein are my own. This is in line with my blogging policy.

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20 thoughts on “Recipe For Rustic Basil Pesto Pasta

  1. MMMMMMMM! Lovely dish!

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    1. It really was!

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  2. I have done readers events in the past, but nowadays can’t find the time to do them. 🙁

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    1. I would love to be able to do one a month!

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  3. Simple and delicious, great recipe.
    Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today sharing the blog ♥ Granola with lemon yogurt and edible flowersMy Profile

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    1. thank you Marta 🙂

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  4. Mmmmm….I adore pesto and this looks like a great option when there’s none in my freezer. I need to try to make ravioli again…you’ve inspired me 🙂

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    1. I am so glad to have inspired you!

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  5. I love pesto and my basil is going wild so I need to make some this weekend.

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    1. My poor basil has sadly died away already! Enjoy 🙂

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  6. I’ve got six basil plants in my potting shed just waiting to go into the garden. Pesto will be made a lot over the summer.

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    1. And with your amazing tomatoes, the basil should flourish 🙂

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  7. Sounds like a really nice evening with delicious results 😀
    This pasta is a must-try!

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. I am sure you will enjoy the pasta Uru 🙂

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  8. Packed with flavour and as you say, no fancy equipment needed!

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    1. Very flavourful indeed!

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  9. Lovely flavours and must be even nicer with fresh pasta.
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. I will try it with fresh pasta the next time around!

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  10. Good,simple supper recipe. My favourite kind of food – not too much effort and bundles of flavour.

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    1. I feel the same way Roger!

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