Homemade Red Pesto with Wholewheat Pasta

Prep and cooking time: 15-20 mins

This pesto is incredibly tasty and takes no time at all to put together. Greta to have with your favourite pasta and vegetables and you have a great comforting healthy meal.



  • 3/4 good handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 50g Parmesan Cheese
  • 60g Pine Nuts
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 200g Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • 200g Red Pepper
  • Your favourite Wholewheat pasta
  • Your favourite veg




  • First, take a handful of pine nuts and roast them for a few minutes in a hot frying pan. Do not blacken too much as it will impair the flavour later on.
  • In your processer, place in the fresh basil and whirl it up for a few seconds.
  • Then add the pine nuts, tomatoes, chopped red pepper, chopped garlic and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Give it a blend for 15 seconds.
  • Add in the grated parmesan and 4/5 tbsp of olive oil. Give it a good whirl for a few minutes until finally blended together. Have a quick taste, add more salt or oil if needed. For an extra kick add in some chilli or lemon juice.
  • Then it’s ready to go, cook up your favourite wholewheat pasta, add in some veg, then your pesto and you have a quick, tasty meal in no time.


Extra tip – keep 50ml or so of the cooked pasta water to make your pesto pasta dish that little bit saucier.




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