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Pasta with Pesto

October 8, 2007

I’ve been busy these days with two freelance design jobs and an article, not to mention babies, so there hasn’t been time to blog.

However, I had to share this absolutely delicious dish that was so simple. It’s a great way to use end of summer basil. We loved it!

2 loosely packed cups fresh basil leaves, stems discarded, rinsed, and dried

Salt to taste (I prefer sea salt)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 Tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts, lightly toasted in a dry skillet (I used walnuts)

1/2 C. extra-virgin olive oil, or more

1 lb. whole wheat spaghetti or linguine

1/2 C. Parmesan

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, combine the basil, salt, garlic, nuts, and about half of the oil in a food processor or blender.

2. Process, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container occasionally, and adding the rest of the oil gradually. Add additional oil if you prefer a thinner mixture. Reserve until pasta is done or if made ahead, store in refrigerator or in the freezer. (You can freeze pesto easily for the winter by freezing it in ice cube trays.)

3. Salt the boiling water and cook the pasta until it is tender but firm. When it is done, drain it, reserving a bit of the cooking water. Dress the pasta with the pesto, adding a little more oil or some cooking water if it seems dry. Stir in the Parmesan, if you like.

From Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything.

We ate this with garlic bread and sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. Yum!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2007 9:03 pm

    I’m definitely going to have to try this! I have a lot of basil left that I’d hate to see go to waste 🙂 Thanks!

  2. October 9, 2007 7:57 pm

    Sounds delicious. I AM a veegan after all.

  3. Robin permalink
    October 16, 2007 11:04 am

    Add in uggestions: my sister-in-law introduced me to this recipe a few years ago and she makes it with steamed shrimp (peeled, etc). My hubby loves it. I have also mixed in left over chicken, onions, and mushrooms. Also super yummy 🙂

  4. Robin permalink
    October 16, 2007 11:05 am

    I meant suggestions…

  5. August 31, 2009 3:15 pm

    great! thanks, Danielle!


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