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Pasta from the Pixar movie Luca: Trenette al Pesto

Updated: Jul 26, 2022

Variation made a little more simple (or try the original!)

This recipe has been tried and tested by LAEF children tk-5th grade and even those who "don't eat anything green" or "don't like cheese" or "don't like pesto" aka "the sauce" - found that they indeed do!

"Are there seconds?!! – You might want to make a double batch!

This recipe is inspired by the Pixar film, "Luca". Although we simplified using a recipe only for pesto (omitting the potato and green beans), you can go for the full recipe, or keep things simply pesto Genovese. Both options are included here. We hope you enjoy the video from our last Summer Food Exploration class session at LAEF Summer Enrichment Institute 2022!

Pixar Luca Trenette al Pesto

The authentic Trenette al Pesto recipe can be found here:

Pesto Genovese

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Time: 10 minutes


4 cups packed basil, blanched briefly in boiling water and shocked in ice water

1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1⁄2 cup finely grated parmesan

1⁄4 cup pine nuts

3 tbsp. finely grated pecorino

2 cloves garlic, finely choppedJuice of one small lemon

Coarse sea salt, to taste


Process basil, oil, parmesan, pine nuts, pecorino, and garlic in a food processor, or blender (you can also use a mortar and pestle) until smooth; season with salt to taste.

Be sure to reserve a little pasta water to make it all come together!

Trenette is a pasta shape that is very difficult to find in the U.S. We used Rustichella d'Abruzzo Fusilli col buco

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