01/03/2013 12:53 GMT | Updated 01/05/2013 06:12 BST

Recipe for the Weekend: Tagliatelle With Pesto and Zucchini

This is a really easy way to make a delicious pasta dish. Making your own pesto is very simple, satisfying, and much cheaper than you think.

After you try this recipe you will always make it yourself. Pair with a glass of Vermentino. Happy cooking and enjoy the weekend!

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Tagliatelle with Pesto and zucchini


2 courgettes (cut in to long strips)

150g basil leaves ( picked and washed)

100g grated Parmesan

3 tbls of water

1 clove of garlic

1/2 tsp of sea salt

250g of fresh tagliatelle or dried

75g pine nuts


In a pestle and mortar crush the garlic with the salt to a smooth paste.

Add the basil leaves and pound so the leaves turn to a pulp. Add the pine nuts and crush until they are smooth. Add the water and emulsify then add the parmesan cheese and finally slowly add the olive oil.

In a large pot of boiling salted water cook the zucchini and pasta together. Remove the pasta when the pasta still has a bite (about 3 minutes).

Add to a warm frying pan with half of the Pesto in it. Toss together and add 2-3 tblsps of the pasta water.

Check the seasoning and serve with the remaining pesto on top.