Pesto Recipe for Pasta

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Creamy and lush pesto recipe for pasta that will have you coming back for more.

Pesto recipe is enough to coat 500g of pasta, which is a huge batch. Depending on how much pasta you’re making, you might have some pesto recipe leftovers.

Pesto Recipe for Pasta

What is pesto sauce used for

Pesto sauce can be used for:

  • pasta salad
  • warm pasta dishes
  • bruschetta
  • sandwiches
  • appetizers
  • dipping bread into
  • pizza sauce (ex. with fresh mozzarella cheese & sundried tomatoes)
  • potatoes
  • braided pesto bread
What is pesto sauce used for

What goes well with pesto pasta

Foods that go well with pesto pasta include:

  • feta
  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • peppers
  • broccoli
  • chicken
  • olives
  • shrimp
  • sundried tomatoes
  • bocconcini cheese
  • peas
  • parmesan cheese
  • zucchini

How long does pesto pasta last for

Pesto pasta will last for 4-5 days in the refrigerator. Pesto is absorbed by the pasta, therefore the pasta will begin drying out after a couple of days. Drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil onto the pasta after day 3 if your pesto pasta has become too dry.

Try our Pesto Bow Tie Pasta Salad with your freshly made pesto.

Pesto Recipe for Pasta

How to make pesto for pasta recipe
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: condiment
Yield: 0.5 cup


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Place fresh basil leaves with stems removed in a food processor.
  • Add walnuts to the basil leaves and blend until walnuts have been broken up into small pieces.
  • Add finely grated parmesan cheese, minced garlic, salt and pepper to the food processor.
  • Measure out olive oil. Stream olive oil into food processor and blend it until it's fully combined.
  • Use a spatula to remove the pesto from the food processor.
  • Your pesto is ready to use for your pasta recipe.
Pesto Recipe for Pasta