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pesto pasta recipe

Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Italian


This 3-ingredient pesto pasta is an easy side or main dish that’s perfect for warm weather. It’s made with pasta, basil pesto, and lemon juice. 


  • 8 oz. dry pasta of choice
  • 1/23/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving, optional


  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water and drain the rest.
  2. Immediately, off heat, toss the cooked pasta with 1/2 cup pesto and some of the reserved pasta water to create saucy consistency. Add lemon juice. Taste, add more pesto as needed.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese.


  • Pesto: If using store-bought pesto, look for fresh refrigerated pesto. It’s better tasting than pesto found in the pasta sauce aisle.
  • Leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Keywords: summer, easy, vegetarian