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CHOPPING BOARD TOMATO & BASIL PESTO WITH PASTA | DonalSkehan.com, Brilliant midweek dinner
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CHOPPING BOARD TOMATO & BASIL PESTO WITH PASTA

October 24

No food processor is required for this instant pesto, made right there on your chopping board. As with any simple pasta recipe, the quality of the ingredients used directly affects the end result so do seek out the best quality tomatoes and Parmesan.

  • time 25mins
  • serves Serves 4
  • video
Method
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water for 10–12 minutes until just al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, crush the garlic and a good pinch of sea salt with the flat of a knife on a chopping board until smooth. Toast the pine nuts and tip onto the board with the garlic and roughly chop with the basil and tomatoes until you have a chunky mix.
  3. Tip into a large bowl and blend with the Parmesan and olive oil.
  4. As soon as the pasta is cooked drain and add it to the bowl. Mix until it’s completely coated in the pesto. Check the seasoning and serve.

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Ingredients

14oz pasta (penne, rigatoni or tortiglioni)

1.5oz pine nuts

3.5oz bunch of basil, leaves picked

8–10 medium vine-ripened tomatoes

handful Parmesan, finely grated

1 garlic clove

1/4cup olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper

400g pasta (penne, rigatoni or tortiglioni)

50g pine nuts

100g bunch of basil, leaves picked

8–10 medium vine-ripened tomatoes

30g Parmesan, finely grated

1 garlic clove

100–150ml olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper

You'll Need

Large pan

Large bowl

Chopping board

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