Super Speedy Pesto Sauce

Stirred through pasta for an easy dinner or lunch, this pesto sauce is the work of minutes and can be stored for up to weeks in the fridge – just cover with a little extra olive oil before sealing in a clean jar.


  • 50g pine nuts
  • Large bunch of basil
  • 50g parmesan
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Pasta of your choice to serve


  1. Heat a small frying pan over a low heat, then add in the pine nuts and cook until golden, shaking occasionally. 
  2. Put into a food processor along with the remaining ingredients and process until smooth, then season.
  3. Cook your pasta for around 10 minutes, drain, return to the pan and swirl through the pesto sauce. 
  4. Serve with a sprinkling of extra parmesan

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