Basil pesto and chorizo pasta

Basil Pesto and Chorizo Pasta

Every serious pasta fan (and who’s not a pasta fan?!) will love this Basil Pesto and Chorizo Pasta recipe. It’s simply perfect!


► Serves 4

► Prep 15 minutes

► Cook 20 minutes


Basil Pesto and Chorizo Pasta: Ingredients

1 cup fresh basil leaves

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted

1/4 cup grated parmesan

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

375g dried maccheroni pasta (see note)

1 cup frozen peas

2 chorizo, chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Lemon wedges, to serve

Basil pesto and chorizo pasta
Recipe supplied. Photography by Guy Bailey.


1) Process basil, garlic, pine nuts and 1 tablespoon parmesan in a food processor until finely chopped. With the motor operating, gradually add oil and juice until pesto is almost smooth. Season.

2) Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water following packet directions, adding peas in the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

3) Heat a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Add chorizo. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until golden. Reduce heat to low. Add pasta mixture to pan with pesto and reserved cooking liquid. Cook, tossing for 1 to 2 minutes or until combined.

4) Divide pasta among serving bowls. Top with mint and remaining parmesan. Season. Serve with lemon wedges.


Cook’s Note

You could use any short pasta for this recipe.


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Extra Pasta Recipes

Want more delicious pasta recipes? Try this delightful Chilli-Spiked Open Ravioli recipe or this wonderful recipe for Fresh Fettucine with Mushroom Ragu.