Pesto Fresco Pasta Recipe with Homemade Pesto
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated pecorino romano cheese (plus extra for serving)
  • 1lb box of pasta noodles
  • 1 cup fresh tomato, cut into cubes
  • zest of half a lemon
  1. With a mortar and pestle (or in a food processor), combine the garlic and ¼ cup pine nuts until a paste has formed.
  2. Mash in the fresh basil until it is broken into little bits.
  3. Stir in salt and pepper to taste and olive oil.
  4. Add cheese and stir until combined. Set aside and refrigerate.
  5. Prepare the pasta according to package instructions and drain.
  6. Mix the pesto sauce into the noodles.
  7. Fold in the remaining pine nuts, tomato, lemon zest, and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh grated romano cheese.
Recipe by Arts and Crackers at