Quick Pasta alla Genovese

Quick Pasta alla Genovese

This is a basic and easy sauce. Once you know how to make it, you can use this sauce for different dishes.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Basil leaves
20 g
Pine nuts
20-25 g
1 clove
Extra virgin olive oil
about 2 tablespoons
Parmesan cheese
1-2 tablespoons
Salt and pepper
to taste
Cherry tomatoes (for the pasta)
Asparagus (for the pasta)


1. Put the basil leaves, lightly toasted pine nuts, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and blitz into a paste.
2. Season with salt and pepper. Do not add too much salt as parmesan cheese is added later.
3. It is ready! Pour over some oil to make a 0.5-1 cm film on top. It keeps in the fridge for at least one week. Let's make a pasta dish using this basil sauce.
4. Remove the seeds of the cherry tomatoes and bake in an oven or oven toaster for 3 minutes. Drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Continue to bake for another 4 minutes.
5. Warm up the basil sauce in a frying pan, and add the Parmesan cheese. Add the cooked pasta and asparagus and toss well. Garnish with cherry tomatoes.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is one of the most basic sauces of those I learnt in Italy.