How to make pesto spaghetti

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to make pesto spaghetti

Pesto spaghetti is nowadays considered an international dish, but it originates from Mediterranean cuisine, as Italy is the leader when it comes to cooking pasta. The secret of this spaghetti is the sauce, the main ingredient of which is basil, an aromatic plant used in many dishes. The cheese that is added to the pesto is also very important and it is often recommended to use Parmesan cheese, originating from the Italian region of Parma. This pasta dish is very easy and quick to make and the result is exceedingly good. At OneHowto we explain step by step how to make pesto spaghetti.

You'll need:
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Steps to follow:

To prepare the sauce, grind the basil and pine nuts using a mortar and pestle. We recommend using fresh basil because it will give more flavour to your dish. Click here to see how to grow basil at home.


Add the garlic and cheese bit by bit. If you don't like the strong, potent taste of garlic, you could try one of these tips to neutralize its taste a bit.


While you grind it altogether, add in the olive oil slowly, stirring continuously with the pestle, until the initial pulp turns into a sauce, which should be thick and uniform but still have the texture of sauce.


As for the pasta, boil the spaghetti in plenty of water with a pinch of salt until al dente. Follow the instructions on the package for the correct boiling time.

How to make pesto spaghetti - Step 4

Once boiled, take the pasta off the heat and strain.


Now you can mix the pasta with the pesto sauce and add basil leaves to garnish.

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  • Use home-grown basil for a much more rich and flavoursome taste.

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