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Fresh pasta with basil pesto

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For an impressive Italian meal, whip up this fresh pasta with basil pesto. Filling and delicious, it’s a great option for casual entertaining on the weekend.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time5 minutes
  • Prep time30 minutes, (+ 1 hour resting time)


  • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Coles Brand Australian Free Range Eggs
  • Shaved parmesan, to serve

Basil pesto

  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup (25g) finely grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup (40g) toasted pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil

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  1. Step 1

    Sift flour and salt onto a clean work surface. Shape the flour into a round mound. Make a well in the centre. Crack eggs into the well. Use a fork to lightly whisk the eggs. Gradually blend a little of the flour into the egg mixture. Continue to gradually draw the flour into the centre until the mixture forms a dough. Knead firmly, turning frequently, for 10 mins or until smooth and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to rest.
  2. Step 2

    Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Cover each portion with plastic wrap. Secure a pasta machine to the side of the work surface. Adjust rollers to the widest setting. Shape 1 dough portion into a flat rectangle and use a rolling pin to flatten slightly. Roll through the machine. Dust with extra flour. Fold in the shorter sides of the dough to meet in the centre to form a smaller rectangle. Feed through the machine again. Repeat 6 times.
  3. Step 3

    Reduce roller setting by 1. Roll dough through the machine. Continue reducing the setting and rolling until you reach the second-last setting and the pasta is about 1mm thick. Spread pasta sheet over a clean work surface dusted with flour. Sprinkle with flour and loosely roll up. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Step 4

    Use a large sharp knife to cut the pasta sheets crossways into 2cm-wide ribbons and lightly dust with flour.
  5. Step 5

    Meanwhile, to make the basil pesto, process the basil, parmesan, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin, steady stream until combined.
  6. Step 6

    Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 2-3 mins or until tender. Drain well. Return to pan and add the pesto. Toss to combine. Divide among serving bowls. Top with shaved parmesan and serve immediately.