Freshly-made Pesto Pasta


I had never made fresh pesto before, but when Morrison’s kindly sent us some fresh basil, pine nuts and olive oil, I just had to try it out!  It really works too and was so easy and tasty.  Mia’s brother, Dominic, doesn’t like the pesto from a jar, but he tucked straight into this!


Ingredients (feeds a family of 4):

300g Gluten Free Pasta

Fresh Basil (3 handfuls of fresh leaves)

250g Pine nuts

1 x tsp Garlic Puree

100g Parmesan (grated)

Lemon Juice (from half lemon)

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper



  1. Put pasta into a pan of boiling water with a splash of olive oil, cook as per the instructions on the packet.
  2. Meanwhile, put the basil, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice and half the parmesan into a blender and whizz until it forms a paste.
  3. Then add a splash of olive oil and a bit more parmesan.  Whizz again and taste.
  4. Continue to add small amounts of olive oil and parmesan until you achieve your desired consistency and taste.
  5. When pasta has cooked and been drained, put the pesto into the pan with the pasta and heat gently for 2 minutes.
  6. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan and a rocket salad.  Yum! Enjoy!




One thought on “Freshly-made Pesto Pasta

  1. Gary says:

    Hi Mia and Mummy

    Don’t forget that it’s not only basil that you can make pesto with. It’s great made with Rocket leaves or even that leftover half-a-bag of salad leaves before they go to waste.

    Estepona, Spain

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