Fresh Basil Pesto with Pasta

Fresh Basil Pesto with Pasta

This is a perfect recipe on a hot summer evening.


  • 375 grams white pasta ( 2 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


Cook pasta according to package directions.

Chop basil, garlic and pine nuts.  Mix all together with Parmesan cheese.  Add the oil.

Serve over fresh pasta.

You can also use a food processor:  add basil, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. With motor running, add the oil. Stir in garlic.


Nutrient Analysis

Calories: 381 KCal

Protein: 9.6 g

Carbohydrates: 32 g

Fibre: 3 g

Total Fat: 24 g

Sodium: 105 mg

Phosphorus: 119 mg

Potassium: 171 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 4

Serving size: 2/3 cup cooked pasta + 1/4 pesto

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

Renal exchanges: 2 starch, 1 veg

2 thoughts on “Fresh Basil Pesto with Pasta

  1. This pesto recipe really appeals to me, but my family is gluten free and now my doctor has told me I have elevated potassium and need to follow a renal diet.. My question is, if I use spaghetti squash in place of the pasta (which we normally do, only we usually top it with tomato sauce), would it still be low in potassium.

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