Pesto pasta is super easy to make and it's great hot or cold. It's packed with herbal flavour, with a lovely nutty and cheesy taste. Here's how to make it!
How to make Pesto Pasta
Making pesto pasta can really turn into a dry dish and I know many people add more olive oil to the sauce but in the end, the pasta becomes too greasy and not very flavoursome. I'm here to tell you that you can make the best pesto pasta that's beautiful, smooth, creamy and absolutely delicious. And it's so quick and easy to make, you will want to eat it all the time.
So I know what's you're thinking, how can you possibly make it so that's creamy and amazing? I'll tell you the secret! Use some of the pasta water you cooked your pasta in. I know you're tempted to use tap water! Don't do it! Use the waster the pasta was cooked in. Why? Because it's starchier water that will work magic with your pesto and pasta combined.
It's super easy to make pesto pasta and you can make the perfect dish in just a few minutes. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.
Pasta Cooking Tip: If you want your pasta to taste delicious, make sure to add a lot of salt to the water. The rule is: the water should taste like the ocean. So that's really salty!
In the meantime, you'll want to make the pesto. I shared my recipe for the homemade pesto here. It takes just 5 minutes and absolutely no effort whatsoever. You just need a food processor for all your pesto ingredients. I made mine vegan and replaced parmesan with nutritional yeast.
Once the pasta is ready, reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain the rest. You will only need 1/4 cup of the pasta water but I like to reserve a little more in case my pesto is too dry and I need a little more.
Add the pasta to a bowl, add the vegan pesto and 1/4 cup of pasta water. Toss to coat the pasta in pesto. Feel free to add more water if needed, but usually, 1/4 cup is more than enough for pasta for 2 people.
What wine you need for pesto pasta
Serving pesto pasta for family and friends? Or just want to enjoy a glass of wine with your pasta? Pairing pesto with a glass of wine can seem a little challenging. And that's because pesto is strong and herbaceous. I know what you're thinking right now. Wouldn't a glass of Chardonnay work? Because that's the go-to wine for fresh and herby flavours.
Actually no, Chardonnay wouldn't work very well with pesto because Chardonnay has a bit of an oak profile that doesn't mix well with basil. I actually recommend a beautiful, refreshing and grassy Sauvignon Blanc or a young Pinot Grigio.
That's it, you are now ready to create a quick and easy (yet delicious) pesto pasta that's vegan, bright and creamy!
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.