Aromatic Basil Pesto Pasta

Picture yourself in a sun-dappled Italian villa, a gentle breeze carrying the sweet scent of basil through the air. Transport your taste buds to this culinary paradise with our Aromatic Basil Pesto Pasta. This recipe is a symphony of fragrances and flavors, a dance of fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, and aged Parmesan.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 oz pasta of your choice

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain the pasta.
  2. In a food processor, combine the basil, pine nuts, and garlic. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  3. With the processor running, gradually pour in the olive oil until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Add the grated Parmesan and pulse to combine.
  5. If the pesto is too thick, you can thin it with some of the reserved pasta water.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Toss the cooked pasta with the pesto, adding more pasta water if needed to create a creamy sauce.
  8. Serve the pasta in bowls, topped with extra grated Parmesan and a sprig of fresh basil.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Aromatic Basil Pesto Pasta is a vibrant and flavorful dish that celebrates the essence of Italian cuisine. The rich aroma of fresh basil combined with the nutty crunch of pine nuts creates a pesto that’s both luxurious and comforting.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 420, Total Fat: 28g, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 12g

Picture yourself savoring each mouthful of this Aromatic Basil Pesto Pasta, transported to a picturesque Mediterranean garden. The harmony of basil, garlic, and Parmesan will tantalize your senses, making this dish a culinary masterpiece that’s not just a meal, but a sensory experience.

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