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pasta with homemade pesto

pasta with homemade pesto | photo by: Jillian Sol

Homemade pesto is one of the easiest things to make and it’s full of great flavor from the fresh herbs you use. Traditional pesto usually includes pine nuts but I prefer mine without them, but feel free to add in a handful of them here as well if you like. When using only a few ingredients, be sure to use the best quality of each that you can.

2 ounces spaghetti

Pesto
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, washed
1 small clove garlic, roughly chopped
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus extra for garnish
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add salt. Add pasta and cook for 7-10 minutes, until al dente. When pasta is done, drain and transfer to a medium bowl.
2. Meanwhile, make pesto. In a food processor, combine basil, garlic, salt, pepper and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Slowly stream in olive oil and process until smooth. Transfer pesto to bowl of pasta and gently toss to combine. Serve warm, along with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Serves 1.

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