Creamy Walnut Pesto Pasta

by Claire Minnaar


I’m a HUGE fan of pesto – it’s one of those sauces I could almost always say “YES” to! And, well, pasta – who doesn’t enjoy pasta, right? So put the 2 ingredients together and you’re pretty much in line for a divine meal!

The Creamy Walnut Pesto Pasta is the perfect family meal for all to enjoy. Given it has only a few ingredients and the process is straightforward, it’s a perfect meal option for when having unexpected guests or you need to whip up a meal for the family quickly.

The recipe is suitable for normal spaghetti, but if you’re following a stricter diet such as Banting, the spaghetti can be easily replaced with courgette spaghetti which you can make yoruself with a spiralizer or julienne slicer or purchase from some supermarkets and / or health shops.


  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 50g butter
  • 175g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  • Handful fresh basil, leaves roughly torn plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 100g Parmesan, freshly grated plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 50ml double thick cream
  • Spaghetti or courgette “spaghetti” (recently available from the vegetable counters at many supermarkets)
  • Salt to taste


  • Prepare the spaghetti/courgette spaghetti according to the instructions on the packaging.
  • To prepare the pesto, place walnuts and garlic in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped.
  • Add the basil, Parmesan, butter and oil and pulse a few more times.
  • Pour the cream into a pan and warm through.
  • Add two-thirds of the pesto and gently heat.
  • Drain the pasta when ready.
  • Reserve 2 Tbsp of the cooking water, then mix both with the sauce.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with the extra Parmesan and basil, if using.
  • Serve with a green salad.
  • Pour everyone a glass of lightly chilled Place in the Sun Unwooded Chardonnay.

Side Note

  • The leftover pesto will keep in the fridge for up to a week, or frozen for up to a month.

This recipe was brought to you by Place in the Sun Wines who are available on Facebook and Twitter

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