Pasta is incredibly versatile. You can make a wide variety of dishes with it, and it comes in all shapes and sizes. One of them is Simple Pesto Pasta. It is one of my favourite ”I am feeling lazy”-meals. It requires a minimal amount of preparation and tastes delicious. Cut up a few tomatoes and some cucumber while the pasta is cooking and you have yourself a delicious dinner!
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For the pasta
- 75 g Dried Rotini Pasta - [See good to know section.]
For the sauce
- 20 g Basil Pesto - [See good to know section.]
- 10 g Toasted Pine Nuts
- 3 leaves Fresh Basil - This is optional.
Other things you need
- Food Scale
- Frying Pan
- Large Wooden Spoon
- Cooking Pot
- Weigh your ingredients.
- Prepare your pasta according to the instructions on the packaging.
- Put the frying pan on the stove over medium heat.
- Once the pan is warm, add the pine nuts.
- Toast the nuts for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Make sure to stir regularly. When done, set them aside.
- Drain the water from the pasta and mix in the pesto.
- Put the pasta on a plate and sprinkle the pine nuts over the pasta.
- If you like, you can add a few parmesan flakes right before serving.
- Enjoy your Simple Pasta Pesto!
Good to know
- Storing: Make sure to store your meal in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you are not eating all of it right away.
- Shelf life: The meal will stay good for a few days if stored correctly.
- Organic: To make this recipe organic, only use organic ingredients.
- Gluten-free: Use gluten-free pasta.
- Using fresh herbs: If you aren’t using herbs from your own garden, always make sure to check if you need to clean your herbs before you use them.
- Energy Efficiency: If you would like to save some energy, you can turn the stove off when the pasta is halfway done. The pasta will continue to cook in the hot water.
- Tip: Because veggies are missing from this recipe, I would recommend you cut up a few tomatoes and some cucumber and have them as a side.
Nutritional Information per Portion
Know What You Eat
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If you want to compare different products and their values, it is easier to look at a label where the values are given per 100 grams. This way you get a better understanding of the categories certain products belong to when it comes to nutritional values. Is this a product with a high sugar content? Does it contain a lot of fibre? How does this product measure up if I am looking to stick to a low-sodium diet?
Keep in mind that if you are looking to eat healthily, you should not just avoid eating fat and/or sugar. We need both in our daily diet. Make sure however to be aware of where you get your lipids and sugars from. As a rule of thumb, you could say; variation is very important in your diet and in general, the closer your food is to come straight from the source, the better.
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*All given nutritional information is an indication. Due to differences in how ingredients are produced, where they are purchased and how the recipe is prepared, nutritional values may vary.