Pesto Pasta Recipe
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Pesto Pasta Recipe

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"My husband loves this fresh-tasting side dish that's as good as it is easy," assures Karen Behrend of Newport, Washington. The appetizing aroma of basil is sure to whet guests' appetites.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, quartered
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 264 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 263mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, place the basil, parsley, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic and nutmeg. Cover and process on low for 1 minute or until very finely chopped. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Drain pasta; top with pesto and toss to coat. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Pasta in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p57

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cooktocook User ID: 895356 241236
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"quick and easy dish to make. Taste was very fresh using the basil and parsley I have growing on my lanai. My husband enjoyed three helpings and said it is a keeper."

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