Classic Pesto Pasta

    25 minutes

    Easy to make, but full of flavour! Good hot or cold. Any pesto mixture is suitable for this quick pasta idea. Try the well known basil, sun-dried tomato or a stuffed green olive and almond combination. Spaghetti, fettuccine or penne are some suggestions for the type of pasta to use.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 500g packet any pasta
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons pesto
    • salt to taste
    • ground black pepper to taste
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, lightly salted water according to packet instructions. Drain and place in a large bowl.
    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium low heat. Add pesto, onion, salt and pepper. Cook about five minutes, or until onions are soft.
    3. Toss pesto mixture through the pasta. Stir in grated cheese. Serve.

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    I must of Done something wrong but it turned out really dry and my oh and I couldn't finish it , I'll try again maybe less cheese  -  28 Oct 2011


    I doubled the pesto and olive oil and added garlic (2 cloves). Also added a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and some Mrs Dash tomato basil garlic to liven it up a bit. Served with chicken apple sausage. My hubby said this was a definate keeper.  -  01 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This pasta is absolutely delicious! I did double the olive oil, pesto and onions. For a kick, I sauteed some garlic in the olive oil before adding the onions and pesto. Also, I crumbled some bacon on top of the dish for a little bit of a crunch. Perfection.  -  15 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)