Drew Barrymore's Pesto Recipe

Ellen's friend Drew Barrymore was here and showed Ellen how to make her famous pesto! Check out the recipe below!


  • 14 oz. (1 box) Fusilli Pasta
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large bunch of basil
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (good brand like Partanna)
  • 2 oz. Go Veggie Grated Parmesan Style Topping, plus extra to serve 
  • Chunky pepper 
  • Sea Salt



Place large pan of water on high head and bring to boil. Add pinch of salt and the pasta and bring to a boil. Stir once, turn heat down a little, then boil for 10 mins., or until pasta is just tender.

Meanwhile, start the pesto. Heat a medium pan over low heat. Add the pine nuts and cook them for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are golden brown and smell nutty. Transfer to a plate and let cool for a few minutes

Chop the garlic and the basil stems and leaves, then put into food processor. Add pine nuts and olive oil to the bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Pulse the ingredients until a bright green, slightly textured sauce comes together. Add the Go Veggie Parmesan, then pulse it into the sauce a couple of times.

Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain in colander. Return the pasta to the pot, spoon half the pesto, plus a couple tablespoons of the reserved water into the pasta. Toss well, if pasta seems a bit dry, add a little more of the reserved cooking water. 

Serve the pasta topped with a little more parmesan.