Italian-Style Pasta: Penne with Home-Made Pesto

Pasta is a staple in Italian cuisine. There are countless variations of pasta dishes, but one dish that stands out from the rest is penne with pesto sauce. Pesto sauce is a traditional Italian preparation made from fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts or walnuts, olive oil and grated cheese.

Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servers: 4 people


  • A large bunch of fresh basil leaves, stems removed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts or walnuts, toasted
  • 4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 100g Freshly grated Pecorino cheese


Blend all ingredients except cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add more olive oil if necessary to make the pesto sauce thinner.

Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions, then drain.

Pour over hot pasta and toss well before serving with freshly grated Pecorino cheese on top. Enjoy!


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