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Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Morgan
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought, plus more as needed
  • 12 ounces pasta of choice
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly shredded parmesan cheese, to serve
  • Pine nuts, to serve
  • Fresh basil leaves, to serve
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to serve, optional


  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta to al dente. Remove the pasta from the pot using tongs, and reserve the pasta water.
  2. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add 1 cup of pesto and 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Toss to combine and add additional pasta water as needed to fully coat the pasta in glossy pesto sauce.
  3. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Top with parmesan cheese, pine nuts, basil leaves, and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve warm or cold.