200g uncooked spaghetti
60g fresh basil leaves
30g pine nuts (lightly toasted)
2 large cloves garlic (crushed and roughly chopped)
100ml olive oil
2-3 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and black pepper to taste
1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Drain the pasta but reserve 2 tbsp of the cooking water. Return pasta to the pan with the cooking water.
2. Place basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor and, with the motor running, gradually pour in the oil to form a smooth paste. Stir in cheese. Season to taste.
3. Toss the pesto through the hot pasta until well combined. Serve immediately.
Tips: Peas, green beans, carrots, cauliflower or broccoli could be used to serve with pasta. Meat eaters could add some cooked chicken or bacon.
Pesto sauce can be used in many ways ie swirl a spoonful of pesto in soups, stir it into bread dough or spread it over toast!
You can also watch a video on how to make pesto and store it for later use on Make Michael Chiarello's pesto show.