Penne Al Pesto Recipe


Difficulty LevelMediumHealth IndexAverage
Main Ingredient


 Basil bunch1 Large (Use A Fresh Bunch)
 Pine nuts15 Milliliter (1 Tablespoon)
 Garlic4 Clove (20 gm)
 Grated parmesan cheese30 Milliliter (2 Tablespoon)
 Virgin olive oil1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
 Penne pasta14 Ounce (3 1/2 Cup, 400 Gram Pasta Quills)
 Boiling water1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
 Salt To Taste
 Freshly ground black pepper To Taste

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2413 Calories from Fat 900

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 98 g150.7%

Saturated Fat 11.1 g55.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 26.4 mg

Sodium 871.3 mg36.3%

Total Carbohydrates 299 g99.8%

Dietary Fiber 16.4 g65.5%

Sugars 15.2 g

Protein 66 g132.4%

Vitamin A 77.6% Vitamin C 32.2%

Calcium 51.2% Iron 61%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


To make the pesto sauce chop the basil leaves into a mortar. Add the pine nuts and garlic and crush with the pestle. Add Parmesan cheese and olive oil, pounding all the while, until you have a thick paste. Season with salt and pepper. You can make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, but it is more satisfying by hand.
Put the penne in a large pot and just cover with boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and a few drops of oil, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes, then drain and stir in the sauce.