The ultimate pesto pasta recipe

This is my perfect post pilates Monday night supper. Combining homemade pesto with a dollop of creme fraiche and some cooked prawns makes this recipe feel a bit more indulgent, and with my new Kenwood (I honestly am obsessed) this is such a quick and simple supper you would be mad to ever buy the ready-made stuff again.

For the pesto:

  • handful of basil
  • handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic glove minced
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan
  • 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • sea salt flakes

The extras:

  • 1 large tablespoon of creme fraiche
  • handful ofΒ cooked prawns
  • 75g of pasta, we chose orzo as it holds the sauce really well

Step one is to get that pasta on the boil and cook according to the instructions. While your pasta is boiling pull together all the ingredients needed for your pesto.

Pesto orzo pasta

Then blitz in your Kenwood, or whichever machine you own, until you have a green sauce which smells insane. If you don’t own a blitzer you can always go back to the old fashioned method of bashing the ingredients together in a pestle and mortar.

Pesto orzo pasta

Once you have your pesto, you can just add this to the pasta and call it a day. But if you want to take the humble pesto pasta to the next level, combine in a pan with your prawns and creme fraiche and give it a mix on a low heat.

Pesto orzo pasta

Add the pasta and make sure it’s all coated before transferring to bowls and topping with an additional grating of parmesan. Num num numma.

Pesto orzo pasta

If you can resist the temptation to eat it all at once, save some and bring it in to work for lunch the next day.

Pesto orzo pasta

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