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Momma Mary's Pesto Pasta

This family recipe began with Grammi, was passed to Momma Mary, and is a staple at the Williamson's table!

Momma Mary's Pesto Pasta

Why it's on our list

We love a good pesto and when you add butter to it you know it's going to be a PD! This recipe was passed down to Momma Mary Williamson from her mom, Grammi, or at least that is what Jonathan and Amanda call her. The Williamson kids grew up on Air Force bases around the world with their USAF Colonel Father Dave and Momma Mary who was the one navigating all the moves, supporting other military spouses and organizing squadron picnics. Grammi's pesto pasta was a staple at home and at the squadron picnics which is why we love it so much because it can be served hot or cold!


  1. 2 cups basil leaves packed tight chopped

  2. 2 cloves of garlic minced

  3. 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  4. 1/4 - 1/3 of pine nuts (toasted in a frying pan)

  5. 1/3 - 1/2 cup of grated parmesan

  6. 2 Tbls. softened butter

  7. 1/3 - 1/2 cup olive oil

  8. 1 lb pasta - you pick!


Combine ingredients 1 - 6 using a food processor or blender. Once combined drizzle in the olive oil while machine is running.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, drain pasta but reserve a half a cup of pasta water. Return pasta to pot and add the pesto stirring to combine. If pasta seems dry add 1/4 cup in at a time to loosen it up.

Serve piping hot or room temp!

Courtney & Whitney


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