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

This 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!