Simply Italian


Recipe courtesy of Crave

Pesto Spaghetti (serves 2)


For the pasta

• ½ pack spaghetti

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 3 tbspparmesan cheese for garnish


For the pesto

• 2 cloves garlic

• 1 cup basil leaves, picked & washed

• ¼ cup parmesan cheese

• ¼ cup pine nuts

• ¼ cup olive oil

• Salt & Pepper to taste



• In a blender/food processor, blitz all pesto ingredients together till a crumbly green paste is formed.

• Add oil and salt to a pot of water and bring to boil, and then add spaghetti.

• Drain spaghetti when it’s close to al dente and set aside, reserving one ladle of pasta water for sauce. (The starch in the water keeps the spaghetti fresh & prevents it from becoming too dry after draining it)

• Add 4 tablespoons of the pesto paste in a pot along with the pasta water, and cook spaghetti for approximately 5-10, till the desired tenderness in taste is achieved.

• Serve immediately and garnish with parmesan cheese shavings & a basil leaf or a few toasted pine nuts.

• To store the pesto: Place in a clean jar and cover top layer with olive oil, to prevent air from coming in and letting it spoil.



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