Pasta with Creamy Walnut Pesto Recipe


Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time10 Min
Ready In20 MinDifficulty LevelVery Easy
Health IndexHealthyServings2
VegetarianMain Ingredient
Interest Group


 Pasta14 Ounce (400 Grams)
 Walnut halves6 Ounce (175 Grams, Or Pieces)
 Garlic1 Clove (5 gm)
 Fresh basil1 Cup (16 tbs) (A Handful, Leaves Roughly Torn, Plus Extra To Serve)
 Grated parmesan4 Ounce (100 Grams, Plus Extra To Serve)
 Butter2 Ounce (50 Grams)
 Extra virgin olive oil4 Tablespoon
 Double cream2 Fluid Ounce (50 Milliliter)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 2160 Calories from Fat 1256

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 143 g220%

Saturated Fat 31.7 g158.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 110.9 mg

Sodium 872.8 mg36.4%

Total Carbohydrates 159 g53%

Dietary Fiber 12.9 g51.8%

Sugars 9.8 g

Protein 60 g121%

Vitamin A 32.2% Vitamin C 6.7%

Calcium 74.5% Iron 38.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a pot, boil the pasta.
2. When the pasta is ready, drain, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the water used to boil it.
3. In a food processor, put the walnuts and garlic and process until finely chopped.
4. Add the basil, cheese, butter and oil to the mixture and and whizz a few more times.
5. Add salt to taste.

6. In a pan, pour the cream and put it over low heat to warm.
7. Add two-thirds of the pesto sauce and gently heat to loosen it.
8.Toss the boiled pasta and th reservd cooking water into the sauce.

9. Serve hot, sprinkled with the extra cheese and basil, if using.

You can keep the leftover pesto in the fridge for up to a week.
You can even freeze it and use it up to a month.