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Simple Pesto Spaghetti recipe

Simple Pesto Spaghetti Recipe

This Pesto Spaghetti is a quick and easy pasta dish that combines al dente spaghetti with fresh basil pesto.





  • Step 1.

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.
  • Step 2.

    While the pasta is cooking, prepare the pesto. In a food processor, combine the basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until finely chopped.
  • Step 3.

    With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the pesto is smooth and well combined. If needed, add a bit of pasta water to adjust the consistency.
  • Step 4.

    Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if desired.
  • Step 5.

    In a large mixing bowl, toss the cooked and drained spaghetti with the prepared pesto until evenly coated. If needed, add a splash of pasta water to help the sauce adhere to the pasta.
  • Step 6.

    Serve the pesto spaghetti in individual bowls. Garnish with extra grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.
  • Step 7.

    Enjoy the delicious Pesto Spaghetti!


  1. 12 ozSpaghetti

  2. 2 cupFresh Basil Leaves

  3. 1.25 cupPine Nuts

  4. 7 Garlic Cloves

  5. 1.5 cupGrated Parmesan Cheese

  6. 2 tbspLemon Juice

  7. 1.25 tspSalt

  8. 1.5 cupOlive Oil

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