Penne with Pesto

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Pesto is a very popular Italian sauce made with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar and pestle. Penne is a very famous variety of pasta that can be easily found in most supermarkets. So try delicious Penne with Pesto sauce.........

pesto pasta

(serves 4)


For Pasta:

  • Penne pasta 250gms/ about ½ pound
  • Water about 7-8 cups to boil the pasta
  • Salt 2 tsp

For Pesto Sauce:

  • Fresh Basil Leaves ¾ cup
  • Pine nuts 2 tbsp
  • Parmesan cheese 3 tbsp, grated
  • * Garlic 1 clove
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper, Freshly ground to taste
  • Olive oil 1½ tbsp


*Traditional Italian recipe calls for 1 garlic clove. Please add garlic as per taste.

Method of preparation

  1. Boil about 7 cups of water in a big pan. Add 2 tsp salt and penne pasta in the boiling water.
pasta boiling
penne boiling
  1. Boil until Penne are soft but firm. Usually it takes about 10 minutes to boil penne. Drain lightly, Penne should remain soft.
boiled penne
boiled Penne

Pesto Sauce preparation:

  1. Wash and pat dry basil leaves.
  2. In the blender take basil leaves, pine nuts, and garlic (if using). Blend until coarse. Add grated parmesan cheese and blend again.
pine nuts
Pine Nuts
  1. Now add drop by drop olive oil to the sauce while motor is running. Use about 1½ tbsp olive oil.
  2. Add seasoning as per taste.
pesto sauce
Pesto Sauce

Pasta in Pesto:

  1. Heat a wok/ skillet. Add boiled penne, and pesto sauce. Toss well until penne are well coated with the sauce. Adjust the amount of salt, and pepper to taste.
pesto pasta
penne in pesto sauce

Delicious Penne with Pesto sauce is ready to serve. Add some grated Parmesan cheese on top if you wish.

Tips/ Suggestions:

In traditional Italian cooking garlic cloves are used in pesto sauce making. I have not added garlic in my pesto suce as I do not use garlic in my cooking.

Parmesan is known as Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in Italy.

You can also use some other variety of pasta if you do not find Penne.

Some other Italian dishes