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This 15 minute pesto pasta is one of our all time favorite dinners, especially during summer to use up all of that basil!
 
 

 This 15 minute pesto pasta is one of our all time favorite dinners, especially during summer to use up all of that basil!

 

Classic Pesto is one of the first ways that I had fresh basil. It was a long, long time ago, but it impressed me so much I never forgot. The flavor was so bright and fresh that I fell in love immediately. One of my favorite parts about the pesto is it’s a quick and easy dinner it only took about 2 minutes to make, and another 10 minutes to cook up the pasta. Hello fantabulous meal in less than 15 minutes!! Plus, it has Speck (which is like bacon or prosciutto) in it!

If you haven’t had pesto, first of all you need a good shake because you haven’t been living your life to the fullest, and second let me explain a little more about it. Pesto is made with garlic, olive oil, pine nuts or occasionally walnuts, fresh basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese and of course, salt and pepper. A list of simple ingredients, but blend these together they are pure deliciousness. We have a whole post on how to make and store it so check that out at the bottom of the post

Will Pesto Keep Overnight?

Pesto should be placed into an airtight container and placed into the refrigerator.

 This 15 minute pesto pasta is one of our all time favorite dinners, especially during summer to use up all of that basil! ohsweetbasil.com
 

This pasta dish has crumbled speck on top. It’s fried. It’s smoky. It’s thin. And it is pure heaven. I crisped the speck in a pan and then crumbled it all over the top of the dish. It’s so thin that it crumbles really well, and the added texture to a pasta dish is fantastic. It’s like a bacon or prosciutto so don’t stress if your store doesn’t have it.

 This 15 minute pesto pasta is one of our all time favorite dinners, especially during summer to use up all of that basil!
 

If you don’t live in Utah, or you’re too far from Caputo’s I would recommend purchasing from Caputo’s Online. If you do live in Utah, just head down to Caputo’s and ask for the Speck. They will wrap some up for you in a jiffy and you can be on your way.

 This 15 minute pesto pasta is one of our all time favorite dinners, especially during summer to use up all of that basil!

Is Pesto Safe During Pregnancy?

Well, yes! It is safe to consume pesto when pregnant. However, ensure that you don’t overdo it.

 

15 Minute Pesto Pasta

15 minute pesto pasta

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
 This 15 minute pesto pasta is one of our all time favorite dinners, especially during summer to use up all of that basil!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
  • 1 Cup Packed, Sweet Basil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Black Pepper
  • Campanelli Pasta
  • Speck cooked and crumbled (or thin bacon if absolutely necessary)*see note above

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot of water over high heat, adding a few pinches of salt to season the pasta as it cooks. (If you're unsure how much taste the water. It should taste slightly salty) Once the water begins to boil add the pasta. Turn the heat down to medium high and continue to cook until al dente (cooked through, not soggy, but a slight bite to it.) Meanwhile, heat a small skillet to medium heat and add the pine nuts.
  • Cook until toasted and golden on all side, giving the pan a little toss every now and again to help the nuts to toast evenly. You should be able to start smelling the nutty aroma.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Add the pinenuts, garlic, and fresh basil to a blender or food processor.
  • Process until as smooth as possible.
  • While the blender/processor is running drizzle in the olive oil, processor another 10-20 seconds and place in a bowl.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Set aside.
  • In a skillet, over medium heat, add the speck in a single layer over the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook until crisp, flip over and crisp the other side.
  • Remove to a plate with a paper towel and allow to drain.
  • Once the pasta is done, drain and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the pesto and toss until the pasta is evenly coated.
  • Crumble the Speck over the top and add a little extra fresh parmesan cheese.
  • Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
15 minute pesto pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 405mg18%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 

 This 15 minute pesto pasta is one of our all time favorite dinners, especially during summer to use up all of that basil! ohsweetbasil.com

 Classic Pesto Recipe and How to Store Pesto

It’s our classic pesto recipe and how to store pesto and more questions are answered right here! Plus recipes that use pesto and how to keep it green.

It's our classic pesto recipe and how to store pesto and more questions are answered right here! Plus recipes that use pesto and how to keep it green. ohsweetbasil.com

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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12 comments

  • oh this looks amazing! yummy!

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    • Thank you!

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  • Pesto pasta is a mainstay around here! This is such a good reminder and since I don’t have dinner planned yet, what I’ll be fixing in a few hours now! 🙂

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    • Yes, for us too!!

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  • How much pasta should be used for this recipe? Thanks!

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  • This recipe sounds fabulous! I just printed it out to try this week. One suggestion: could you include a printer-friendly link? It bothers me terribly that I just printed 6 pages when I really only needed 2 for the recipe. Thank you!

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  • Pesto is my favorite go-to when I have no idea what else to make! Great pasta dish!

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  • Speck will always remind me of a fabulous family bbq with new friends. 🙂

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  • This is my kind of weeknight meal!! I need to run to Caputo's for speck now!

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  • I soooo love pesto! thanks for sharing this! … Did you try the potato salad yesterday? Just wondering! 🙂

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  • Ok, dead serious – I haven't been able to stop thinking about that speck since I had that piece the other day. Seriously one of the best things I have ever eaten!! I love pesto, and this sounds like the perfect dinner to me!

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  • I love pesto!

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