Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti Tossed in Homemade Pesto Sauce

Prep Time : 10-15 Minutes
Cooking Time : 10-15 Minutes
Serves : 2

Did you know that basil was once touted to be a symbol of love in Italy? So, when a sprig of basil landed in the hands of an experienced and passionate chef, they knew they had to create a dish worthy of the king of Italian herbs. The basil pesto has since been a classic ingredient of Italian cuisine. These days, pesto is popularly made with olive oil and pine nuts, but try making a more authentic Italian version with sunflower oil and seeds and we promise you’ll be hooked! Here’s a simple recipe for a dish that celebrates basil in all its glory, a Genovese Style Pesto! Toss it with strands of al dente Sorrentina spaghetti. 

10-15 Minutes
10-15 Minutes


For the Pesto sauce

  • 20-30 fresh basil leaves + for garnish

  • 6-8 garlic cloves

  • 5 tbsps sunflower seeds + for garnish

  • Salt to taste

  • 40 grams parmesan cheese

  • 4 tbsps sunflower oil

For Pasta

  • 200 gms. Sorrentina Spaghetti Originale pasta

  • 2 tbsps olive oil

  • 2 tbsps chopped garlic

  • 6-8 red cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 6-8 yellow cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 tbsps sliced black olives

  • ½ tsp dried red chilli flakes

  • Salt & pepper for seasoning

  • Parmesan shavings for garnish

  • Basil leaves for garnish


    1. To make the pesto, grind basil leaves, garlic cloves, sunflower seeds and salt into a coarse paste. Add in 4 tbsps sunflower oil and parmesan cheese and mix it well. (While storing pesto, adding a layer of oil on top, will help to prevent discoloration of the sauce)

    2. Blanch the spaghetti in a pot of well seasoned water. (please follow the instructions printed on the pack). Make sure you reserve some of the pasta water for the sauce

    3. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add chopped garlic, and boiled spaghetti. Toss well.

    4. Add 6 tbsps water, cherry tomatoes, sliced olives, and red chilli flakes.

    5. Mix well, add a ladle of the reserved pasta water and take the pan off the heat.

    6. Add fresh pesto sauce and toss well. Adjust seasoning as per your taste.

    7. Transfer onto a serving plate, garnish with parmesan cheese shavings and a sprig of basil.

    8. Pair this delizioso Pesto spaghetti with our Caprese Garlic Bread and make it a full meal!

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