The best part of the winter is all the delicious comfort food that you crave.

Your house is cold enough to heat it up with the kitchen stove, and pasta sounds like the best food on earth.

Pesto is extremely easy to make and is a crowd pleaser for the whole family.

This recipe requires a food processor, but you can also try using a blender, or just cut up the ingredients into very small pieces and use a mortar and pestle.

What you Need:

  • 2 cups of dried pasta
  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts or almonds
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese
  • Salt


  1. Combine the basil leaves, pine nuts or almonds, and the garlic into a food processor until it is all finely minced.
  2. While the food processor continues to run, slowly pour in the olive oil and process until the mix is smooth.
  3. Next add the cheese and process just for 5 seconds, just for it to be combined.
  4. Boil a pot of water and add a little salt to it
  5. Cook the pasta
  6. Add the pesto to the cooked pasta and mix it all together.  To add something extra, add some extra parmesan on top or maybe a basil leaf.
  7. Voila, the best homemade pesto pasta!

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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