Basil Pesto Pasta With Fresh Tomato, Lemon, Basil Leaves And Parmesan

img_5033This is one for your lazy December holiday. It’s simple and easy to whip up for a quick lunch. It’s fabulous hot or cold and make a wonderful fresh addition to a beach picnic. Not much cooking here apart from the pasta, then a quick chop of fresh tomato, basil, a good grating of Parmesan and to finish it off a generous squeeze of lemon.


Ingredients – Serves 2-4

  • ½ bag pasta – whatever your preference is.
  • 3 ripe tomatoes – roughly chopped – cherry tomatoes cut in half work well here too
  • ½ cup of store bought basil pesto
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves – roughly torn
  • ½ cup parmesan
  • ½ lemon – squeezed
  • ½ Chilli – chopped – Optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Recipe –

  • Cook the pasta until al dente
  • Drain the pasta
  • Add the olive oil
  • Add the basil pesto and mix through
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper, I find that a generous amount of seasoning is needed here, but depends on the amount of seasoning in your basil pesto
  • Add the fresh tomatoes, basil, Parmesan, chilli and gently mix
  • Squeeze the lemon juice on
  • Gently toss and eat!



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