Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Recipe: Spaghetti with walnut and pecorino pesto

Last week, I made this. And completely surprised myself. It's quite garlic-heavy and rich (I probably shouldn't have used my smoothie maker to blend the ingredients!) so use it sparingly on the pasta but it was absolutely delicious. It was from one of my first cookbooks: Ainsley Harriott's 'Just 5 Ingredients' - which is not exactly chic, but definitely frugal!

Serves 4

  • 50g shelled walnut
  • 25g flat-leaf parsley (plus extra to garnish)
  • 50g grated pecorino cheese (grana padano or parmesan works too) - plus extra to garnish
  • 350g spaghetti
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • seasalt, pepper and 120ml extra virgin olive oil

1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Roast the walnuts on a baking tray for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

2) Put the parsley in a blender with 1 teaspoon of salt and the garlic and blend until minced. Add the walnuts and the cheese and blitz again. Then add the oil until the pesto is thick and emulsified. Seasn to taste.

3) Boil the spaghetti, drain, then add the pasta with the pesto on the heat until heated through. Serve with a sprinkling of cheese and parsley.


  1. This looks delicious! I was hoping for the recipe after I saw it on your instagram :)

  2. Hello, this looks great! I'm definitely going to try it. How much garlic did you put in?

    1. Hi,
      Forgot to add the garlic in ingredients - thank you! Just one chopped clove x

  3. This is making my mouth water, spaghetti is my ultimate favourite food, I could eat it everyday. I'd have to leave out the walnuts though as I have recently developed an allergy - so annoying! x

  4. Looks delicious! I'm allergic to nuts, do you think I could replace the walnuts with mushrooms? Does anyone have any other suggestions?

    1. I reckon mushrooms would be a nice alternative.....

  5. Will give it a try and let you know what it tastes like. I've just read the post before mine...we are a special bunch!

  6. Mmmm, looks delish! Love pasta & its great to try new things, thanks for sharing :-) X

  7. Love the recipe Alex. Do you bottle the unused pesto? How long does it keep? Thanks!


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