• Einar Sveinn Westlund

001 – Pasta Pesto

Updated: Apr 2

Pasta with green pesto. It only takes one pot to cook and takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Minimum prep is required. It's so tasty. Malcolm Brunelli, my Italian brother introduced to me in 2008. Grazie mille fratello!

Ingredients - Per person

  • 200g Pasta

  • 2 tbsp Pesto

  • Water (enough to submerge pasta)

  • Salt (More than you think, probably. For the pasta water)

  • Optional

  • Parmiggiano Reggiano Cheese


  • Grana Padano Cheese


  1. Put water to boil, add salt. Cook pasta for the time written on the package

  2. Put two tbsp (per person) of the pasta water in a bowl. Add two tbsp pesto (per person) to the bowl and mix

  3. Taste the pasta, when it should be ready. If it is, strain the pasta.

  4. Mix pasta with the pesto mixture

  5. Optional, but highly recommended. Top it up with grated Parmiggiano Reggiano or Grana Padano


Here is a video recipe. This is the very first video that I made and posted on YouTube. Yes, it is a bit long and maybe not the best video out there but I made it.

Additional tips

  • You can use red or green pesto for this recipe or any other color.

  • When straining be careful not to strain it over a fragile ground.

  • Clean the bowls right after eating. If you let it sit the pesto will harden up and is a pain in the ass to clean.

  • Pasta that is ready in 7min or less is optimal.

  • If cooking for four or more people. Add the pesto into the pot after straining the pasta Put some pasta water aside before you strain.

  • If cooking for one to three persons it is best to mix the pasta and pesto in induvidual bowls. Then cleaning the pot will be easier.

  • Some of the pasta water is taken out when the pasta is boiling in it. It has some of the starches from the pasta and has salt as well. This really helps the pesto to mix with the pasta without adding lots of pesto. Note. It is possible to add too much pasta water then the pasta will become too watery. In that case you can add more pesto if you have it. But you are probably way up in the mountains and just need to accept your fate of too watery pesto this time and find better ratio next time.

  • Make sure you have very good container for your pesto. You don’t want it to open up on you in your backpack and have oil all over your stuff. I recommend Nalgene mini bottles. Affiliate link at the bottom.

  • Grate the cheese with a handy cheese grater if you are trying to impress somebody. Affiliate link at the bottom. Otherwise you can grate while preparing the meal at home or simply buy pre-grated cheese.

  • If you have any suggestion on how I can improve, let me know in the comments below.

Gear that I used

I will always put affiliate links whenever I can. That means if you use those links I will get a small gratuity without it costing you more. I personally stand behind anything that I recommend and will NEVER recommend things that I wouldn’t use. You can of course buy these things through different means, where your best option is your local outdoor shop, just tell them I sent you!

GSI Pinnacle Soloist II Pot Set – Comes with a bowl and a spork (which I don’t like, even though it has a cool folding mechanism). Ideal for one person, could be used for two. This is version II which looks like they have upgraded the spork and added a lid on the bowl, making it that much better:


GSI Pinnacle Micro Dualist II Pot Set – Same pot I believe (could be slightly bigger). Comes with two bowls and two sporks (which I don’t like). Ideal for two persons:


Nalgene Mini Bottles, Multi-Pack – This is a great set with good variety of sizes. It closes tightly. I have yet to have a problem with it. I use it for oils, salt, spices even my shampoo. I really like this kit. Highly recommended:


Mini Cheese Grater – Not a must at all. It is a fun little item to have. If you are trying to impress someone then this is a fun way to do it:


MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove – I have had MSR Pocket Rocket (number 1) since 2012. It is so simple. It has gone through a lot and I can at least recommend the older version. Soon I might get the Pocket Rocket 2 as it packs better.


Blog post made 29.Jul.19

Updated 16.Jan.20

Einar Sveinn Westlund

Expert in Outdoor Food

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