Pesto Sauce


A simple pesto pasta that kids can make. Adding parsley to the pesto sauce helps to give a good green colour. You could add a few chopped sunblush tomatoes to the spaghetti, with a sprinkle of some pine nuts.

Pesto Sauce
8 minutes
8 minutes
Best for
Suitable for freezing


  • 60g pine nuts
  • 60g parmesan cheese, grated plus extra to serve
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • Small bunch parsley leaves
  • Small bunch basil leaves
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 110 ml olive oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 225g spaghetti

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  1. Toast the pine nuts in a frying pan until lightly golden.
  2. Stir them so that they don’t burn, remove from the pan and leave to cool.
  3. Measure the parmesan, garlic, parsley, basil, sugar and cooled pine nuts into a food processor and whiz until finely chopped.
  4. Slowly add the olive oil while the motor is whizzing. Add the water and season. Spoon into a small bowl.
  5. Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water, drain and put back into the saucepan.
  6. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of pesto and toss together. Sprinkle with extra parmesan before serving.


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  • Delicious! The entire family loved it: it’s tasty and fairly quick to make. This recipe is definitely one I’ll be making again!

    04 May 2010