There are two types of people in the world: those who love and those who abhor pesto, that green-hued sauce traditionally made with crushed garlic, basil and pine nuts, blended with parmesan cheese and olive oil. Maybe it’s the texture, or maybe it’s simply how pesto tastes, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: You can never go wrong with pesto pasta, especially during the winter.
During the first few months of spring, when your basil plants are just starting to thrive, the first dish to come to mind for dinner — and the easiest to make — is any pasta-based dish, with pesto pasta right at the top of the list. Depending on how hearty you like your pasta, pesto pasta recipes can take as little as 10 minutes, while others are a bit more involved, but never take more than an hour. And even that is a stretch.
Whether you’re a fan of protein-packed pasta or lighter, more heart-healthy takes on an otherwise carb-loaded dish, we have all pesto pasta recipes that’ll convince even the most passionate of pesto-haters.
A version of this article was originally published August 2019.