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    Homemade pesto with spaghetti

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 25 minutes 25 minutes

    Serves: 4, with plenty left over


    50g pine nuts
    80g pack basil
    1 garlic clove
    100ml extra virgin olive oil
    35g parmigiano reggiano, grated
    375g essential Waitrose spaghetti


    1. Put the pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until roughly ground. Remove and set aside. Blitz the basil and garlic, then, with the motor running, pour in the oil until you have a bright green paste. Remove from the food processor and stir in the pine nuts and parmigiano reggiano; season.

    2. Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions. Reserve a cup of the cooking liquid, then drain the pasta and stir through half the pesto, adding a little cooking liquid to loosen.

    3. Serve with extra parmigiano reggiano, if liked, and a green salad on the side.

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