Spinach pesto pasta

This is a great school night meal for the whole family. Ready in just 25 minutes, this spinach and basil pesto pasta can be served with garlic roasted tomatoes and a side salad. Add some cheesy garlic bread which kids will love.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4


1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water according to the pack instructions then drain, reserving a cupful of the cooking water. Meanwhile, put the spinach, basil, cheese, lemon zest and juice, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and whizz until mostly smooth; season.

2. Return the pasta to the hot, dry pan and stir in the spinach mixture with 3-5 tbsp of the reserved pasta water to create a thick, glossy sauce. Season if needed. Serve immediately with the chilli flakes and a little more grated or shaved cheese on top.

3. Serve with a side salad and cheesy garlic bread for a delicious meal the whole family will enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of Waitrose and Partners. Get your ingredients for this recipe at Waitrose in Putney Exchange Shopping Centre, Putney, London.

Spinach pesto pasta


  • 360g Waitrose 1 ditaloni rigati pasta, or other tube pasta
  • 260g baby leaf spinach
  • ½ x 25g pack basil, leaves only
  • 50g parmigiano reggiano, grated, plus extra to serve
  • ½ lemon, zest of all, 1 tsp juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 80ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp dried chilli flakes, to serve