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Marks and Spencer Copycat Spinach, Pesto and Pine Nut Pasta

Course Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian;, Parmesan, Spinach, Pine Nut Pasta, Pasta, Pesto, Pesto Pasta
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 599 kcal
Author Safira



  • 70 g Basil Leaves
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 60 g Pine Nuts
  • 40 g Parmesan grated
  • 120 ml Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  • 300 g Farfelle or any pasta shape
  • 2 tsp Salt


  • 30 g Pine Nuts
  • Handful Spinach Leaves
  • 30 g Parmesan grated


  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil with the salt. Boil the pasta according to pack instructions. Scoop out 300 ml water and set aside. Drain pasta in a colander.

  2. Combine the ingredietns for the Pesto in a blender and blend till combined. Add 75 ml water and blend again.

  3. Add the pesto to the pasta in a large bowl and combine, adding more water if required to make the sauce silky.

  4. Taste the salt and add more if needed. Divide between bowls and add additional parmesan, spinach and pine nuts.

Recipe Notes

  • Pesto - If using store brought Pesto, taste it first. You may need to use less as the taste is usually stronger.
  • There are many ways to make Pesto, feel free to adjust your recipe. See some suggestions in the blog post.
  • Parmesan - Some of you don't use Parmesan. This can be replaced with Italian hard cheese/Grana Padano/Nutritional Yeast. I have also heard that Vegan Parmesan pretty much tastes exactly like normal Parmesan. 
  • Pasta - I use Farfelle or Penne. Spaghetti also works well with this recipe. 

Other Tips and Tricks - 

  • A squeeze of Lemon Juice works really well with any Pesto based dish. Feel free to add that at the end.
  • Reheating leftovers means you will get a dry bitter pasta dish so i would suggest eating at room temperature. Basil doesn't like to be reheated.
  • Toss the pasta and pesto together in a large bowl. 
  • Calories are based on 4 servings minus additional toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Marks and Spencer Copycat Spinach, Pesto and Pine Nut Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 599
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.