Pesto Pasta Recipe

This pesto pasta recipe is ready in under 30 minutes. Just toss and serve!

This pesto pasta recipe is a deconstructed version of the original, and much easier to make, too.

Pesto Pasta Recipe

Joey De Larrazabal-Blanco
This pesto pasta recipe is ready in under 30 minutes. Just toss and serve!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 to 3


Pesto Pasta Ingredients

  • 250 Grams linguine noodles
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves Garlic sliced
  • 1/3 Cup pine nuts toasted
  • chili flakes to taste (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 Cup fresh basil leaves packed, plus extra for garnish
  • parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • Cook linguine according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Drain pasta and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté garlic until fragrant. Add pine nuts and chili flakes, if using. Season with sea salt.
  • Add linguine to the pan and toss. Add basil and toss until leaves are slightly wilted but still green.
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Toss and add pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to loosen the mixture.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with basil leaves and sprinkle extra parmesan cheese on top. Serve immediately.
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