Pesto & Parmesan spaghetti

Easy pesto pasta

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5 mins work


Serves 6

This supper couldn't be easier. Make our filling pesto pasta recipe for a quick, family-friendly dish you can throw together with storecupboard ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal336
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein14g
  • salt0.23g


  • 500g pack spaghetti, fresh or dried
  • 2-3 tbsp pesto from a jar



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), shaved or grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Boil spaghetti in a large pan according to pack instructions. Drain well, then return to the pan with the pesto and half the Parmesan. Toss well, then tip into a serving bowl and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

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5th Feb, 2015
Tastes great with chicken and bacon added to it!
10th Dec, 2013
enjoyed it really nice also added a few shop bought vegetarian meat balls on top to make it a proper meal WILL make again
4th Nov, 2012
Very good and handy. Had a pb in my case: a little too dry
17th Sep, 2011
Pesto is made of parmesan cheese: Parmesan/Parmigiano-Reggiano is an EU Protected Designation of Origin product and has to be made using calf rennet, so it’s definitely NOT suitable for vegetarians.
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28th Jul, 2011
from a 16 year old's perspective, I never knew you could make something this quick and simple and it still taste this amazing. I added some button mushrooms! :)
6th Oct, 2009
love it. add some chopped sunblushed tomatoes - delicious
2nd Mar, 2009
I think for people that aren't as confident in the kitchen, simple recipes like this with clear guidelines and amounts are great. We all had to start somewhere.
29th Jan, 2009
can this really be classed as a recipe?!
29th Sep, 2008
Funny - this is my emergency storecupboard dinner. My kids love it, with either green or red pesto and some toasted pinenuts sprinkled on top too. Didn't think you need an actual recipe for it though ;) Although seeing it on here will make me feel better when I serve it up for dinner - "no complains - the recipe is on BBC Good Food!" lol :)
12th Aug, 2008
Really easy tasty dish will definatly make again yum!
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