Fettuccine with Pesto

Fettuccine with Pesto

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I love making homemade pasta, and this Fettuccine with Pesto dish is a summer favorite. Fresh, light, nutty, and so flavorful. 

Fettuccine Pasta Served on Mikasa Antique White Pasta Bowl

(Post modified with new photos on 9/29/22.)

Pesto is a great way to use your basil and parsley when they are lush and in full season. I like planting my herbs in pots where I can readily access them near my kitchen. 

If you don’t make your own pasta (and I have to ask you WHY not?) or simply do not have the extra time, I highly recommend De Cecco Semolin Pasta, which is a good alternative. 

 

Ingredients Needed for Fettucine with Pesto

(See full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • toasted pine nuts (or slivered almonds)
  • fresh parsley and basil
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • fettuccine – See my Homemade Recipe Here. 
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan

 

A Note About Ingredients

Fresh Basil and Parsley

Homemade pesto is so easy to make and can easily be adapted to fit your  available ingredients. Do you have more parsley than basil? That’s okay. Just make sure you use 2 cups combined. Or simply use two cups of parsley. Or 2 cups of basil. I’ve even seen recipes that use mint and tarragon.

If you don’t have pine nuts in your cupboard, you may use slivered almonds, pecans, English walnuts, macadamia nuts, or even pistachios. See this amazing recipe for Pasta with Pistachio Pesto Here.

While I highly suggest roasting your own garlic, you may also substitute canned minced garlic in it’s place. You’ll simply disregard the first recipe steps of roasting the garlic in oil and salt, and replace it with 3 tablespoons minced garlic.

Using Homemade Linguine Pasta with this Dish

Want to use linguine instead of fettuccine. Go ahead. Or even tagliatelle or spaghetti. Of course. It’s your dish and it’s your decision! It will be great! If motivated to make your own pasta, see my Homemade Recipe Here. 

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Grate Parmesan for Pesto

Using a fine-edged grater, grate the fresh parmesan. Set aside until the end of the recipe.

 

Prepare the Garlic and Pesto

Cut the tops for the garlic and wrap each in tinfoil, drizzling each head with 1 tablespoon olive oil and seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Roast until softened, 45 minutes. Allow to cool.

For a Quick and Easy Adaptation of this Recipe, use canned minced garlic. Of course, baked garlic adds a wonderful taste dimension to this recipe, but canned minced garlic also works. I’ve used both and both versions are quite yummy!

Squeeze the roasted garlic into a food processor.

Fresh Pesto Made in Food Processor

Add pine nuts, fresh parsley and basil, and red pepper flakes. Process to make a paste. While machine is running, add 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil. Scrape pesto into a serving bowl.

 

Prepare the Pasta

In a large pot, bring water to boil, adding a tablespoon of salt to the water. Cook fettuccine to al dente. If you’re using fresh pasta, this will only take a few minutes. Otherwise, follow package directions for cooking.

Mixing the Pasta with the Freshly Made Pesto

Using tongs, move pasta to the bowl of pesto and gently fold to mix.

Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add a little pasta water to the dish if it seems too dry.

Adding pasta water is a wonderful way to enhance your Italian sauces, whether a tomato sauce or a pasta dish such as this one. It will add flavored liquid to a dish, or it could also be used to help thicken a dish due to the starch in it.

Adding Freshly Grated Parmesan to the Pasta

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan to serve.

This recipe will serve 4-6 people.

Serve Fettuccine with Pesto Sauce for a Light Dinner or Lunch

This Fettuccine with Pesto dish pairs well with pork loin and a salad. Try my Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Recipe Here.

See more Pasta Recipes Here. Browse Italian Dinner Ideas Here. 

 

Recipe for Fettuccine with Pesto

Fettuccine with Pesto

I love making homemade pasta, and this Fettuccine with Pesto dish is a summer favorite. Fresh, light, nutty, and so flavorful. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Extra Virgin olive Oil, Herbs, Pasta, Pesto, Pine Nuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Grater/Zester
Cuisinart Food Processor
Stockpot
Pasta Tongs

Ingredients

  • 2 whole garlic
  • 6 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil divided
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 cup fresh parsley loosely packed
  • 1 cup fresh basil loosely packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound Fettuccine homemade recipe HERE
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare your ingredients. Using a fine-edged grater, grate the fresh parmesan.

Prepare the Garlic and Pesto

  • Cut the tops for the garlic and wrap each in tinfoil, drizzling each head with 1 tablespoon olive oil and seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Roast until softened, 45 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • Squeeze the roasted garlic into a food processor. Add pine nuts, fresh parsley and basil, and red pepper flakes. Process to make a paste.
  • While machine is running, add 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil. Scrape pesto into a serving bowl.

Prepare the Pasta

  • In a large pot, bring water to boil, adding a tablespoon of salt to the water. Cook fettuccine to al dente.
  • Using tongs, move pasta to the bowl of pesto and gently fold to mix.
  • Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add a little pasta water to the dish if it seems too dry. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan to serve. Serves 4-6.

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1709mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1218IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 3mg
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