Penne With Pesto and Fresh Parmesan

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

A quick and healthy version of pesto that has quick clean up. This recipe came from the 2008 Jan/Feb Women's Health issue. (the author's name is Lidia Bastianich)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. While pasta cooks, rinse tomatoes and basil and pat dry. Cut tomatoes into large chunks.
  3. Place tomatoes in a blender/food processor, add basil, almonds, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
  4. While machine still running, add olive oil in a steady steam (it will emulsify the mixture into a thick pesto).
  5. Scrape pesto into a large bowl. Drop drained pasta onto pesto and toss quickly to coat. Sprinkle on cheese and toss again.
  6. Enjoy!

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