Wholemeal Pasta and Pesto

I had never been a fan of pesto, mostly because I had never eaten it, as I found the idea of mashed basil on pasta somewhat off-putting.

However, a while ago I was in possession of a basil plant in a pot and a not much used mortar and pestle, and so I decided, to give it a try – and I LOVED it. It’s simple, quick and very tasty.

So here’s my recipe for pesto (for 1 person):



  • 50g wholemeal pasta
  • water
  • salt


  • 3 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • 1/2 bulb of elephant garlic, grated (alternatively 1 clove of garlic)
  • 12-15 leaves of fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano (I never get my hands on fresh one)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 level teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • salt
  • peper



  • boil water, add salt, cook pasta


  • pestle the pine nuts
  • add basil and oregano, pestle until you got some kind of creamy paste
  • add garlic and keep pestling
  • mix in olive oil
  • add the spices
  • finally, add a tablespoon of the water you cooked the pasta in