Pasta Salad with Pesto and Tuna

2 cups of pasta (preferably small-shaped)
4-6 tablespoons pesto (see below for recipe)
1 small can of high-quality tuna, drained and flaked

1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 cup walnuts or pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Serves 2-3
Combine basil leaves, nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese (if used) and blend in a food processor until it becomes a smooth paste. Slowly blend in the olive oil (only taking a small amounts at a time) until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta according to instructions. Stir in the pesto while the pasta is still warm. When cooled mix in the tuna. Garnish with fresh herbs, like chives or parsley.