pesto with spaghetti



  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves, plus extra leaves, to serve
  • 40g baby spinach leaves, plus extra, to serve
  • 40g (1/2 cup) finely grated parmesan (or vegetarian hard cheese), plus extra, to serve
  • 55g (1/3 cup) pine nuts, toasted, plus extra, to serve
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra, to serve
  • 375g packet wholemeal spaghetti
  • 2 large zucchini, cut into long thin matchsticks


Step 1


Place the basil leaves, spinach, parmesan, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor and process until the mixture is finely chopped. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow steady stream until smooth and combined. Season well. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following the packet directions, until al dente, adding the zucchini for the last 30 seconds of cooking. Drain, reserving 1⁄3 cup of the cooking liquid.

Step 3

Return the pasta mixture and reserved cooking liquid to the saucepan. Stir in the pesto. Toss to combine. Divide among bowls. Drizzle with extra oil and top with the extra basil leaves, spinach, parmesan and pine nuts.

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