Perfect Basil Pesto Pasta

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Hello #LoyalRoyals

Being in the business of making pesto for nearly 25 years, we know a thing or two about the ultimate pesto pasta dish 😉

It’s still our favourite meal after all these years and our no-fuss go-to on weeknights. With one little jar of our concentrated pesto, you’ve got an entire meal that can feed (and delight) the whole family in minutes.

Use our top tip for diluting your pesto such that it coats the pasta evenly and makes it go so much further (not to mention that bright green colour and heavenly basil fragrance that will fill your kitchen).

Keen to make this classic dish? Please share your pesto pasta pics with us on Instagram.

Basil-scented love to you all
HRH Kathleen

You’ll need

2 –3 tsp salt (we love Oryx Desert Salt)
130g jar of Pesto Princess Basil Pesto
30ml extra virgin olive oil
400g linguine or tagliatelle
Fresh basil, to serve
Parmesan, to serve

How to

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, with two to three teaspoons of salt.

2. Meanwhile, empty the contents of a 130g jar of Pesto Princess Basil Pesto into a bowl.

3. Scoop 30–40ml of boiling pasta water from the pot and add it to the now empty pesto jar. Put the lid on and give it a good shake so that none of that delicious pesto flavour is wasted. Add this water to the pesto in the bowl.

4. Add 30ml extra virgin olive oil to the pesto mixture and give it all a good stir. Vegetable oil is fine too if that’s what you have on hand.

5. You’ll notice the colour turns radiant green and the pecorino cheese melts into a looser, pourable mixture that is now double the original amount from the jar. The smell of basil is heavenly!

6. Add your pasta to the pot – choose a flat shape like linguine or tagliatelle – and cook until al dente.

7. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the pasta water on the side.

8. Return the cooked, drained pasta to the pot over a gentle heat to keep things nice and hot.

9. Pour over the diluted pesto and season well with salt and pepper.

10. Give everything a good mix and, if needed, add some more of the pasta water and extra olive oil to coat the pasta evenly.

11. Serve in warmed pasta bowls with a garnish of fresh basil leaves and plenty of shaved parmesan.

Photography, Recipes and Styling by Michelle Parkin.


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