Friday, 7 March 2014


“Pasta doesn’t make you fat. How much pasta you eat makes you fat.” - Giada De Laurentiis

The basil in our back yard is in full growth spurt phase at the moment and the first few flowers have started appearing. What better to use it up gainfully than a classic Italian dish for Food Friday:

Pasta al Pesto
1 garlic clove, crushed
50 g chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoonfuls chopped pine nuts
2 teaspoonful salt
Freshly ground pepper
250 mL olive oil
50 g grated Parmesan cheese
2 servings of your favourite cooked pasta (we make it with spaghettini – it cooks in only 8 minutes, and that is a touch past al dente, as we favour our pasta softer!)

Crush the basil, garlic and pine nuts in a mortar until the mixture forms a smooth paste.  Add the salt and pepper.  Gradually pound in the oil, then the cheese until the sauce is smooth and thick. Pour over the spaghetti and toss until the pasta is thoroughly coated. Garnish with freshly grated cheese and basil or other herb leaves, and serve immediately.

This post is part of the Food Friday meme,
and also part of the Food Trip Friday meme.


  1. mmmmm ... one of my all-time fave ways to knosh pasta ... and yes, the amount of pasta one eats comes back to haunt ... the backside, in my case.

  2. Pesto is a special way fo preparing pasta. Love it!

  3. i just know I am going to LOVE this! bookmarked!

    thanks so much for sharing over at Food Friday, Nicholas
    enjoy the rest of the week!