Pappardelle with Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Homemade basil pesto sauce is something that I have always wanted to make but for some reason I never got to make it until a few weeks ago when I needed something different for Saturday dinner. You are probably wondering why I would need to make my own sauce instead of buying a bottle at the store . Well, this is one of those sauces were homemade is so much better. The fresh basil and garlic really beats garlic and basil that has been sitting around for a while or has been mixed with all sorts of preservatives.

Pappardelle pasta with homemade basil pesto sauce

When you make the homemade basil pesto recipe below you may find yourself with leftover sauce depending on how much you add to your pasta. The beauty of this sauce is that it can be used in different ways and I am sharing 3 of my favorite ways to use the leftover sauce right here.

3 Ways to use leftover Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

  1. As a salad dressing: Add more olive oil and create a tasty salad dressing. I like to drizzle it over fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese for a non traditional Caprese salad. You can also slice cherry tomatoes in half and mix with basil pesto for a easy tomato salad.
  2. As a sandwich spread: Mix with mayonnaise or even use by itself to spread on slices of bread for a yummy Italian pesto sandwich. I like to make my sandwich with slices of roasted chicken or salami, fresh tomato slices, arugula, red onion, mozzarella cheese with the basil pesto on toasted bread.
  3. Add to your veggies: Mix leftover pesto sauce with roasted, steamed or fresh veggies for more flavor. I also love to add leftover sauce to zoodles for a yummy pasta alternative. See my post on how to make zoodles here.

A great trick for storing leftover pesto is to freeze it, it keeps very well in the freezer. Pour pesto sauce in a ice tray, wrap with cling wrap or a zip log bag and put in the freezer. Whenever you need some you can just pop a cube out as you would with ice and voila.

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Pappardelle pasta with homemade basil pesto sauce
Pappardelle pasta with basil pesto sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 8oz package Pappardelle pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil packed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 8oz package Pappardelle pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil packed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Pappardelle pasta with basil pesto sauce
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta per package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. In a large food processor, mix pine nuts, garlic, basil and pulse until finely chopped
  3. Add 1/2 the olive oil and pulse again till mixture is smooth then add the rest of the olive oil, cheese, salt and pepper. Mix till well combined.
  4. Add 2/3 of the the pesto sauce to hot pasta and serve immediately. Place remaining pesto sauce in a small bowl and set at the table for those who need extra sauce.
Recipe Notes

I used pappardelle pasta for this dish however you can use any other pasta like spaghetti or orzo.

You can also change the consistency of the sauce by adding more or less olive oil.

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Comments

  1. This sounds great! Hubby makes homemade pesto sometimes, and freezes it in this tube looking shape for easy cutting and using purposes. Well, he does, I just look on in awe and then enjoy 🙂 But fabulous tip, I never knew you could freeze pesto until recently.
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

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