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Pasta with Tarragon Pesto

After posting my recipe for Tarragon Pesto, I wanted to show you how to make one of the simplest dishes with it: Pasta with Tarragon Pesto! It is a perfect dish for the arrival of Spring.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main course
Cuisine French, Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 707 kcal


For the pasta

  • 400 g of pasta
  • 40 g pine nuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

For the tarragon pesto

  • 1 bunch of tarragon
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts
  • 25 g parmesan
  • 75 ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  • Cook the pasta in boiling water as directed on the package. Reserve 10 cl of pasta water taken at the end of cooking.
  • Remove the leaves from the tarragon stems. Place them in a blender with the peeled garlic cloves, the juice of half a lemon, toasted pine nuts, Parmesan and olive oil. Season with a little salt and pepper. Mix until a homogeneous paste is obtained.
  • Toast the pine nuts in a pan without adding any oil or fat.
  • Drain the pasta, mix them with the pesto, adding more or less pesto according to your taste. Add the pasta water to allow the pesto to stick better to the pasta. Mix well.
  • Pour into the plates, add a few toasted pine nuts and grated Parmesan. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a little salt and pepper.


You can add some cherry tomatoes sautéed for 2 minutes in the pan with a little olive oil after having browned your pine nuts.


Calories: 707kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 18gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 148mgPotassium: 390mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 147IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 3mg
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