Leek Spaghetti with Basil Pesto


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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. February is Heart Health month to inspire people to make heart-healthy choices, like eating well. Fragrant olive oil and savory parmesan round out the flavor of this heart-healthy recipe courtesy of Freeletics and its Freeletics Nutrition app.

Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Freeletics
Serves: 2


  • 1/2 leek, green part
  • 6 teaspoons pine nuts
  • 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 bunch fresh basil
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


  1. Cut leek lengthwise into thin 1/4-inch strips.
  2. In a pot, bring water to a rolling boil. Add a pinch of salt and cook leek spaghetti for approximately 6 minutes, until soft; drain.
  3. In a food processor or blender, blend pine nuts, parmesan, basil and olive oil on high to create a pesto. Add some lukewarm water for a more creamy consistency if needed.
  4. Serve leek spaghetti topped with pesto.

Freeletics has been built around a single vision since day one: to help everyone in the world unleash their full physical and mental potential, and become the greatest version of themselves. Freeletics promotes and increases physical fitness as well as mental strength, willpower and self-confidence – all of which are vital tools for shaping a life in accordance with one’s desires and goals. Freeletics Nutrition is an app for a clean-eating lifestyle designed to work around your preferences, parameters and habits. With foodie-grade recipes, reaching your nutritional goals has never tasted this good!

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