10 Minute Pesto Pasta (Kohler Food and Wine)

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10 minute pesto pasta is made with fresh basil, parmesan, pine nuts, and olive oil. It brings incredible flavor to your pasta dish and is ready in no time at all! 

For more pesto inspired recipes, be sure to try Easy Baked Pesto Chicken, Pesto Pasta Salad, or this Basil Pesto Chicken Sandwich.

Pesto pasta on a black plate.

Pesto Pasta

I had one of the most amazing experiences this past fall and I am still talking about how incredible it was! It was a complete foodie dream come true and I was lucky enough to go to the Kohler Food and Wine Festival and stay at The American Club. It was everything that my foodie heart could have asked for. When we first arrived at The American Club, it was a total dream. It is a five star, five diamond resort in Kohler, Wisconsin and has been an icon for over 100 years. We were greeted when we arrived and treated like we were royalty. They staff made sure that we were always taken care of and went above and beyond to make sure our stay there was unforgettable.

Kohler Food and Wine

My favorite things about Kohler Food and Wine

You know you are in for a real treat when you arrive at The American Club. Since the resort is such an icon be prepared for some of the best food of your life. The resort has several restaurants that you can choose from including casual dining, small plates, and in room dining.

1. The Dining Experience

My favorite night was at The immigrant Restaurant. The resturaunt is rated AAA four diamond and four star by Forbess. We walked into the most beautiful room and the atmosphere was perfect. Each dish was presented so beautifully and it was all so unique. Even some of the dishes that were served like tartare, that I wasn’t sure I would like were incredible. They were all perfectly cooked and the flavor was awesome.


The immigrant Restaurant dining table.

A highlight of that dinner was the Grilled A-5 Wagyu. I have never experienced something so incredible and delicious in my entire life. It is one of the worlds most exquisite beef and has legendary flavor and it melts in your mouth like with its buttery finish. The dish was served with black garlic, sautéed trumpet mushrooms, and a salsify puree. Everything about this dish was truly spectacular.

Grilled A-5 Wagyu on a plate.

You guys…. the food everywhere was to die for. We loved going Craverie Chocolatier Cafe and getting brunch or a good salad while we were out shopping at the shops. We especially loved Cucina for some good Italian and homemade pasta!

Food from Chocolatier Cafe and Cucina.

2. Kohler Water Spa

Since my life is so crazy at home with four kiddos, when I travel, it is always nice to unwind and relax and take some time for myself. The Kohler Water Spa is truly an experience at The American Club. I got the Cascading Waterfall Massage which includes warm rain from the Kohler custom shower. It gently falls over your body while you reticence a relaxing Swedish massage. It was literally one of the best spa experiences of my life. It is one of the only places in the world to offer this kind of treatment and is unforgettable. It was so peaceful and relaxing to experience the Kohler Water Spa and one of my favorite things that I did while I was there.

Kohler Water Spa

3. Kohler Food and Wine

The Kohler Food and Wine festival is a four day extravaganza of food, good wine, and plenty of fun activities. We loved attending the events featuring the celebrity chefs. Fabio was such a blast to watch and so much fun. He showed us how to make some homemade pasta and an easy pesto. We all got to taste what he had created and it stood out as one of my favorites. I love when you can create something so easy and have it be so full of flavor and fresh ingredients. Fabio talked with us afterwards and I even did a giveaway to one of my readers of his cookbook. He is an incredible chef and has some amazing recipes in his book. What an experience to be able to meet celebrity chefs!

The recipe that I am sharing with you today is his pesto that he created. I love it because it is ready in just 10 minutes and can be used as a simple side or add some protein in for a main dish.

Alyssa with Fabio.

(Me and my blogger bestie Spend with Pennies)

How do you make pesto pasta?

  • In a food processor combine basil, garlic, toasted pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil and salt and pepper.  Pulse until desired chunkiness.  Adjust to desired seasonings.  
  • Heat pesto in a medium skillet and toss with hot pasta.  

How to make pesto.

Is pesto good or bad for you?

Pesto is a delicious sauce made of basil, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. Ingredients such as the olive oil and pine nuts are higher in calories, because they have a higher fat content. But, the food is considered “healthy” because the fat is unsaturated.

What do you eat with pesto?

Pesto is usually tossed with pasta, but is also a delicious sauce for meat, fish, chicken, and vegetables. Just spread the pesto onto salmon, or chicken and you can thin it out a bit with olive oil and spoon it out on top.

Does pesto go bad?

The best way to store pesto is in the refrigerator. Homemade pesto will keep for about a week or so. And unopened bottle of pesto will keep for about 3 weeks and an opened bottle will keep for about two weeks in the fridge.


What dishes go well with pesto pasta?

Pesto pasta in a pan.

10 Minute Pesto Pasta

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10 minute pesto pasta is made with fresh basil, parmesan, pine nuts, and olive oil.  It brings incredible flavor to your pasta dish and is ready in no time at all! 
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 5


  • 4 Cups Basil leaves packed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup Toasted Pine nuts
  • 1 Cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 Cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 16 ounce pasta cooked and drained


  • In a food processor combine basil, garlic, toasted pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil and salt and pepper.  Pulse until desired chunkiness.  Adjust to desired seasonings.  
  • Heat pesto in a medium skillet and toss with hot pasta.  


Recipe Inspired by Fabio


Serves: 5

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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