Pesto Pasta for #SundaySupperPosted on May 20, 2012 | 38 comments
This week is a wonderful time to begin my involvement - Cristina Ferrare from www.oprah.com/own will be joining #SundaySuper. Five of the participating bloggers were selected to receive a signed copy of her cookbook, A Big Bowl of Love and all recipes for this week have been selected from her cookbook or her website. Since I don't have her cookbook (but I can't wait to be back in the States to check it out!) I immediately headed to her website, which is filled with great, easy recipes. At first glance her pesto recipe seems like a standard pesto: basil, olive oil, pine nuts, and parmesan. But as I took a closer look, I realized that it was actually quite a new take on this traditional pasta sauce. In addition to basil, there's also parsley. And whereas most pesto recipes blend everything together, Cristina just whizzes together the basil, parsley, garlic, and olive oil, then tosses that with cooked pasta, parmesan, and whole toasted pine nuts. I loved it! I love the added texture that the whole pine nuts add, and the effect is almost like a deconstructed pesto.
This isn't your usual pesto recipe, and the whole toasted pine nuts provide a wonderful added flavor and texture to this traditional dish. You can puree the herbs and olive oil a few days ahead of time.
Author: Adapted from Cristina Ferrare
Recipe Type: Entree
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 1 bunch Italian parsley
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup pine nuts
- 1 pound pasta
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Add the basil, parsley, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor. (You can make the pesto ahead and store in an airtight plastic container or glass jar for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.)
- Pulse until roughly chopped.
- Slowly add the olive oil until blended.
- Put the pine nuts in a small, dry frying pan and toast over medium heat until they start to release their oil, around 5 minutes. Shake the pan back and forth to keep from burning. Set aside.
- Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.
- Drain, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water.
- Return the pasta to the pot.
- Add the pesto and mix well. Add ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water.
- Mix in the grated Parmesan and toasted pine nuts.
- Serve immediately or at room temperature.
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