Perfect pesto pasta my goto recipe whenever I want a hearty but healthy dish. It’s basically a playful green feast! I am listing my recommended sides and toppings for this perfect pesto pasta, but as always you can substitute with that you have in your fridge. This is an opportunity to use up leftover veggies, seeds or greens that are lingering on your counter or your freezer. Perfect example, I had leftover peas in my freezer, I steamed them and mixed them in with the pesto sauce and voila.
There are so many varieties of pestos you can make but nothing beats the classical basil pesto with a couple of new GFVG additions that takes the classic pesto to another level. Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk a bit about different pasta options.
After years of trying literally all the different GF pastas, I find the BEST one is the multigrain rice and quinoa mix. Why? Because, it has the least amount of BAD sugars, and the taste is unbeatable. While the price is a bit higher compared to some other GF pasta – it’s totally worth it, I promise.
OK, let’s dive into our pesto recipe…
Perfect Pesto PastaCourse: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Healthy, GFVG and easy to make basil pesto sauce.
1 cup fresh basil
3-4 tbsps olive oil
1/2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsps nutritional yeast
3/4 cup roasted pine nuts
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove of garlic (optional)
pepper to taste
- Toppings (optional)
- Garnishes (optional)
salt and pepper
- Start boiling water with a bit of salt and olive oil. Once the water boils add your favorite pasta and cook following the instructions on the package.
- While your pasta cooks, add all of your ingredients above in a high speed blender and blend until the consistency is nice and creamy.
- Once the pasta is cooked, spread the pesto generously over the pasta and add the recommended toppings.
- This pasta goes really well with a side of steamed broccoli.
- Basil is a member of the mint family and has been used as a medicinal plant. Its oils and extracts are said to have antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
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