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Penne with fresh green pesto

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 1
Dietary Vegetarian
From Ready Steady Cook


  1. Place the basil leaves, garlic, grated pecorino and pine nuts into a blender and process, gradually adding the olive oil until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  2. Cook the fresh penne according to the packet instructions and drain, leaving a little of the cooking liquid in the bottom of the pan. Add the green pesto to the hot pasta and stir to coat.

  3. To serve, spoon into a serving dish and scatter with grated pecorino.


  • 2 large handfuls fresh basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 75g/2½oz pecorino cheese, grated, plus extra to serve
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 125g/4½oz fresh penne pasta

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