Easy Pesto Pasta

{Gluten Free + Vegetarian + Vegan Option}

Easy pesto pasta is the perfect weeknight recipe!  It’s ready in less than 30 minutes, full of bold flavors, and creamy without any added heavy cream.

For pasta - Basil pesto - Gluten free pasta - Frozen peas - Pasta cooking water - Kosher salt - Fresh cracked black pepper - Parmesan or dairy free parmesan, extra basil.


For basil pesto Add basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Add olive oil. With the motor running slowly pour in the olive oil until the pesto is smooth and emulsified.

For pasta Cook pasta and reserve pasta water. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to package instructions.

Toss with pesto. With the pot off the stove top, return pasta and peas to the pot along with the pesto and 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately topped with parmesan cheese, some extra basil, and pine nuts if desired. Enjoy!

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