Oh Yum… Basil Beef Pesto Fettucine

by zesty on March 20, 2009 · 18 comments

Here we have a zesty dish that in the past 12 months – I would rank as one of my favorites.  I ate this bowl of basil beef pesto fettucine in literally 4 minutes.  How is that for indigestion issues?

Every flavor was so amazing.  The dish is comprised of everything I love – basil, beef, pesto, carrots and whole wheat pasta.  Can one really go wrong?  I will let you answer that.


As for the technique for making the sauce, I chose the braising method.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  First, I had a chunk of roast beef saved from a previous meal that was sitting idle in the fridge.  I wanted to revive it and make it moist and tender again.  Secondly, I chose a sturdy carrot to go in the sauce.   To mitigate the issue of a soggy carrot, I cut the carrots quite large on the bias and added them in last to the braising liquid.

The addition of the pesto was easy as I had some left overs from the other day when I made a nice sized batch.  This stuff is sooooooo good.


  • 2 Cups whole wheat fettucine
  • 1/2 Cup pesto
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Carrots (chopped)
  • 1/4 Beef stock
  • 1/4 Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups cooked beef (chopped)
  • 1 Garlic clove (chopped)
  • Fresh parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Preheat saucepan to medium heat and sear the beef (about 3 minutes).
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  4. Add chopped garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.
  5. Toss in carrot and stir; cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add stock and water, turn the temperature up to high and bring to a boil;  Do not put the lid on.
  7. Let the liquid reduce to a thick consistency.
  8. Add pesto and stir until warmed through.
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  10. Drain pasta and add to sauce; toss together.
  11. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Before adding the braising liquid, as I always say, sear the beef before hand in a little olive oil and lock in the flavors.

This dish will work equally well with chicken or pork.  To convert this recipe into a vegetarian dish, you could add tofu or simply bulk up on the veggies and be happy.

Question of the day: What is your favorite dish involving pesto?

I hope you have a great day and I look forward to all the exciting feedback and comments.

Take care


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl

Favorite dish involving pesto = pasta!! :-D


2 brandi

Zesty, that looks so good.

I love pesto on sandwiches with fresh mozzarella and tomato, and i love it on pizza.


3 rhodeygirl

morning zest.

any tips on WHAT to use to sear a large beef tenderloin? I am having my family over for Easter and am making a roast, but I would like to use your tip to sear it before I cook it! I have a large enough roasting pan, but not a pot. ideas?


4 jackie

Hey Zesty…love the site! To answer your question, my favorite pesto dish is a pesto/pear/shrimp flatbread…yummy! Can’t wait to try this recipe.


5 Bob

Great use of leftovers!


6 Pearl

My mom has a favorite dish like that, except it doesn’t have pesto in it. But yes, the carrots and the beef braised together are wonderfully delish!


7 Shannon (The Daily Balance)

LOVE your blog! Your photos are so tantalizing!

I just started a blog of my own, check it out when you get a moment! ;)


8 Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

MMM, I made eggplant pesto paninis last night and they were weird but tasted GREAT!


9 Meg

You can send the tofu version over to me. I am waiting with fork in hand.


10 Bunny

I’m a beef person and you don’t see a dish like this very often, thanks!!


11 Clean Veggie

oh man, that sounds awesome!!!
anything with pesto is a winner to me


12 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)

Great recipe!


13 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

I need nothing else to go along with my pesto…except maybe a spoon. :)


14 Teresa

Oh this looks fantastic. I love pesto, I’d be happy just to smear it over a crusty baguette, delish!


15 Heather

My goodness… that looks DELICIOUS!! And totally healthy! Thanks for the recipe!


16 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

That looks awesome, and I will probably put that on my menu for the week, provided the fiance feels better!

Fave way to use pesto: on a fresh bruschetta-type appetizer or on a warm sandwich with fresh mozz.


17 Claire

I tried this recipe tonight and LOVED it! It was fast, easy and very tasty. Probably one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had. I made my own pesto, and I think that made it even better! Thanks for posting this recipe, I will definitely make this one again!


18 Kristyn

I am making this tonight for dinner. Perfect! I googled for beef, pesto and pasta and this was the first recipe that came up.


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