Deconstructed Pesto Pasta

This is the very lazy way of making pasta with a pesto sauce! Leftover garlic and oil pasta gets a topping of torn basil leaves, toasted pine nuts, and shaved cheese, for the pesto flavor without the food processor sauce.

Servings and Times

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

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We start by defrosting the leftover pasta in a large bowl, covered, in the microwave, on the defrost setting. Meanwhile, we toast the nuts on a piece of foil in the toaster oven at 350° F. It takes a few minutes for the nuts to brown lightly, we need to be careful, of course, not to burn them!

When the nuts are toasted, we remove them from the toaster oven and let cool. We heat the pasta in the microwave for a minute at a time on full power until hot.

We serve each portion and top with pine nuts, drizzle with olive oil, tear on the basil, and freshly grate some cheese on top with our peeler. We finish at the table with freshly ground black pepper.

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