Skip to content

Super simple creamy basil pesto and spaghetti


I’ve been meaning to get around to making my own pesto for ages, and the basil plant on our kitchen windowsill was looking a bit overgrown so I decided to give it a go. This recipe is from Gino D’Acampo’s book ‘Gino’s Pasta‘, and you could make it without the yoghurt if you don’t want creamy pesto. I actually used creme fraiche so it was super creamy but really tasty! The original recipe uses homemade pasta, but we haven’t got a pasta machine (yet!) so I used dried.



60g fresh basil leaves
50g pine nuts
1 garlic clove, peeled
130ml olive oil
Zest of an unwaxed lemon
100g greek style yoghurt (I used one and a half heaped tablespoons of creme fraiche)
Salt and pepper to taste
500g spaghetti




1. Place the basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor. Add the olive oil and blitz until smooth.




2. Mix together the yoghurt and lemon zest in a bowl. Add the basil and mix well. Season to taste.




3. Cook the spaghetti until al dente (according to packet instructions if using dried pasta). Drain when cooked and then toss in the yoghurt pesto. Leave for 30 seconds to allow the pesto to coat the pasta, and then serve immediately. Enjoy!

Newsletter sign up

Sign up to my newsletter, 'Take time out to be creative' - it only drops in your inbox once or twice a month, and is packed full of creative inspiration.

Recent Posts


  1. Wishful Whisking on September 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Wow looks SO good!

    • Clare on September 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Thank you! It was really tasty – and so simple to make 🙂

  2. bandhnabajaj on November 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    This looks really good. Have been looking for a good creamy pesto recipe! Thanks!

    • Clare on November 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it – it’s so simple to make but really delicious (if I say so myself!) 🙂

      • bandhnabajaj on November 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        🙂 I’ll try it and let you know!!

        • Clare on November 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm


  3. […] recipe uses the creamy basil pesto recipe that I’ve already posted, so you’ll need to make a batch of that before cooking the […]

Leave a Comment

Browse blog post by category


Crafty colour palettes

Everything else

Home and life


Scroll To Top