Maria Menounos's Pesto Pasta Recipe Is as Easy as It Is Delicious

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Maria Menounos certainly knows her way around the kitchen. The gorgeous actress and TV correspondent recently uploaded an Instagram picture of a delicious bowl of penne with the caption, “In the mood for some pasta??? I looove making this one w/ homemade pesto!”

Fortunately for us, the recipe can be found in her new book The EveryGirl's Guide to Cooking ($16;, which focuses on healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes for any night of the week.

“You can add more or less of any of these ingredients and taste-test as you go,” Menounos writes of the pasta and homemade pesto dish. She adds, “This makes more than enough pesto for 1 pound of pasta. Reserve the leftovers to spread on sandwiches or add to soups and stews. The sauce will keep for a week in the refrigerator and in the freezer for a few months.” Try it for yourself using the recipe below.

Everyone Loves Pasta Pesto with August Tomatoes

Serves 4 to 6


1 lb pasta of your choice

5 cups packed fresh basil

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup pine nuts or chopped walnuts

3 cloves garlic, smashed

Salt and black pepper

2 large tomatoes, chopped


1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, saving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.

2. In a blender, combine the basil, oil, cheese, nuts, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Puree until blended and of the desired consistency.

3. In a large bowl, toss the pasta, reserved cooking water, and about 1 cup of the pesto. Toss in the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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