Super speedy pesto and pasta

Super speedy pesto and pasta
Midweek dinners should be quick and easy but not compromise on quality or flavour. This super speedy recipe will have you coming back for more, week after week.
Icon_cookingtime_grey Created with Sketch. 20 mins
Icon_apron_grey Created with Sketch. Easy
Icon_cloche_grey Created with Sketch. Serves 2
Super speedy pesto and pasta


  • 50g of pesto
  • 25g Parmesan
  • 30g toasted pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Squeeze of half a lemon
  • 250-300g dried pasta
  • 75ml of olive oil

Optional: 150g Chiltern Charcuterie Pancetta

How to make

  1. Fill a large pan with water and season with salt. Bring to the boil.

  2. Whilst this is happening, use a food processor to blend the pine nuts, basil, Parmesan and garlic clove. Slowly add the olive oil.

  3. Once the water is boiling, cook and drain the pasta according to the packet instructions.

  4. Mix the pesto with the pasta. Season to taste. Finally squeeze in half a lemon and serve.


For added taste, lightly fry the roughly chopped pancetta. Add this before serving.

Double up on the pesto and reuse later in the week.

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