The delights of Pesto Pasta.

The opening dish of this series shall be Pesto Pasta, it is quite possibly the easiest dish to cook in the world. Furthermore it is filling and adaptable, and shouldn’t take you longer than 15 minutes to whip up. To begin with get a pan of water and set it to boil. Once boiling add salt to the water, and then add your pasta. Cook it for about 9 minutes, and make sure you are stirring it on a regular basis. If you don’t it is likely to stick to the pan which can be a pain later to clean.

After 9 minutes check it for how cooked it is, if it is still slightly on the crunchy side give it a little longer checking it on a minutely basis. You don’t want it to get too soft as it will have a little bit longer cooking time later on. Once cooked drain the water away, you don’t need to rinse the pasta like you would with rice. Place it back in the pan and add the pesto.

Looking for something special?

This for some would be enough however if you want to add to it then you are in luck, as pretty much anything will go well with pesto pasta. I like to throw in chicken broccoli leeks and bacon, just makes it a hearty but healthy meal. The good thing with this meal is what you don’t eat you can box up and throw in the fridge for another day, and it can be eaten cold. Also the pesto will do several meals and last for a couple of weeks.

Step by step guide.

  • Pan of boiling water and add salt.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 12 minutes. Checking it after 9 minutes.
  • Once cooked to your taste, drain away the water.
  • Place pasta back into pan with a good dollop of pesto.
  • Keep stirring and mixing the pasta in with the pesto.
  • For extra flavour add any of cooked leeks, chicken, bacon, broccoli and ham. Plus to make it extra creamy and luxurious add crème fraîche once cooked.