Easy & Healthy Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe


This fresh, vibrant and bursting with life healthy rocket and basil pesto pasta recipe is paired with San Remo’s Spiral Spelt Pasta – although you can easily substitute with your own favourite spaghetti. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to eat this lively dish. The spelt pasta and the fresh herb-laden Rocket and Basil Pesto together are an excellent pair.  If you choose to use Spelt Pasta, there are nutritionally added benefits to eating spelt pasta.  It is high in fibre, lower carbohydrate and tastes smoother than your typical wholemeal pasta.

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Basil & Rocket Pesto with Spiral Spelt Pasta

About Basil Pesto

If you haven’t made pesto before, you will be pleasantly surprised.  Stirred through pasta it makes an easy and flavour-packed pasta meal. Once I  made my own pesto and noticed the jar variety when a dull copy of what is really super versatile, I never turned back. Making your own, renders a truly different taste and look. For starters, it is bursting with colour, followed with the aroma of the basil and garlic. Use fresh ingredients and a good quality olive oil and if you have a food processor it is made in no time. You will discover a new found love for Pesto! so Buon Appetit.

San Remo Spelt Penne has a delicious mild nutty flavour and is a good source of fibre, 98% fat free and is all natural. For this recipe, I have also used San Remo’s Pulse Pasta Red Lentils Range. To see the product package click on the following link.

San Remo Pulse Pasta Red Lentils Spirals

Instructions on How to Make Pesto 

The Rocket and Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe can be found if you click on the following link.

Aromatic  and Vibrant Basil, Pinenut and Rocket Pesto

Rocket and Basil Pesto Pasta


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Easy & Healthy Basil Pesto Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A fresh vibrant and ever so full of flavour easy rocket and basil pesto pasta dish.


  • 250g San Remo Spelt Pasta or Equivalent
  • 1/2 cup Rocket, Basil and Pine-Nut Pesto
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan
  • 1/4 cup English Spinach
  • 1 teaspoon pecorino or parmesan


Boil Pasta according to package instructions. Strain and rinse in cold water. Allow to cool.

Make a fresh batch of Rocket, Basil and Pinenut Pesto.

In a mixing bowl, stir through the pesto into the pasta.

Serve on a plate, sprinkle with parmesan or pecorino, or parmegano.


Of course, you can use any kind of Pasta.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

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 1 reviews
 by Stefanie

It was so easy to make and tasted incredible! This was a keeper

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Basil pesto pasta looks so gorgeous & delicious!

  2. Delicious pesto Marina with so many versatile options for use! Love the spelt pasta and would like to try on a pizza base.

  3. Oh ! the pasta is welcome anytime.

    1. I guarantee you won’t regret it if you ever make it. 🙂

  4. Pesto with extra basil on top~ I love it!

    1. Ha ha you noticed. Just in case there is any doubt at all it already contains a bucket ful of basil 🙂

  5. chef mimi says:

    This is a beautiful dish, and i love your pesto! I’ll have to see if I can find spelt pasta locally. I like to try all grain-based pastas.

    1. Do you have San Remo? This is the brand that has it.

      1. chef mimi says:


  6. How fun! Basil is fun to grow if you are learning to garden… Great to try your hand at growing your own home instead of buying from the store. This dish looks lovely.

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