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Pesto Pasta per favore

Posted on October 13, 2008 by in pasta

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Pesto Pasta


Pesto Pasta per favore mama! Can there ever be enough pasta recipes? Definitely not, especially if they are super fast and so delicious that you can simply not get enough.

So, do yourself a favor and add this recipe to all you other favorite pasta recipes, it will soon be a “regular” on your table. Your family will soon say: “Pesto Pasta per favore mama!”
This recipe takes as long as it takes for the pasta to cook – about 12 minutes, so are you ready….

Pesto Pasta

Step 1 – Place a big pot of water with salt on the stove and bring to the boil(add salt at end, it will cook even faster!)

Step 2 – Make pesto – Place the following ingredients in a blender:

4 cups fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic
zest and juice of a lemon
1/2 cup flaked almonds
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
While machine is running add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil. Season to taste

Step 3 – Add pasta of your choice to boiling water and cook until “al dente”. When cooked, drain off all water.

Step 4 -Add about 10 asparagus, cut up in small (15mm) pieces. The heat of the pasta will “cook” the asparagus.

Step 5 – Add about 3/4 cup of the pesto to the pasta and mix.

Step 6 – Enjoy with more parmesan cheese and toasted almonds(make the almonds while the pasta is cooking)

This pasta is delicious hot or cold, which makes it an perfect option for lunchboxes. I have glass jars which I pack in hubby and the children’s lunchbags and it is a very welcome change to peanut butter and jam sandwiches.

Pesto Pasta can also be served as a salad with grilled fish or chicken. During the summer months, I often make this as a salad when we have a BBQ and it lasts for a day or two, that’s if there are any leftovers.

Pesto Pasta
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17 Responses to “Pesto Pasta per favore”

  1. Rose&Thorn 14 October 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    I love pasta of any kind – it is really food of the gods!

  2. kat 14 October 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    This one looks perfect for spring

  3. Colleen 14 October 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    This is one of my favourite pastas. Thanx for visiting my blog. I live in Fish Hoek. Let me know if you would like my lemon meringue recipe. I want to actually blog it soon anyway. xxx

  4. Bellini Valli 14 October 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    I love pesto of all kinds and have been experimenting a little this year:D

  5. tigerfish 14 October 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    Love this green stuff!

  6. Ben 14 October 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    Too much pasta? Never, such a thing doesn’t exist :-p This is a delicious looking pasta dish πŸ™‚

  7. Pam 14 October 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    Looks tasty Nina. You can’t go wrong with pesto and pasta.

  8. Hopie 14 October 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    I love pasta and pesto! Can’t go wrong with that. Actually I think most dishes can be improved by pesto πŸ™‚

  9. Mike of Mike's Table 14 October 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    Definitely a great way to enjoy pasta when basil is in abundance. That green color on the dish looks excellent

  10. Sylvie 14 October 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    One of my favourite as-good-as-instant dinner fixes. In fact I had some tonight.

  11. That Girl 15 October 2008 at 4:47 am #

    I’m totally in the mood for pesto lately.

  12. Kevin 15 October 2008 at 4:51 am #

    Fresh pesto pasta is so simple and yet so good!

  13. Peter M 15 October 2008 at 12:19 pm #

    I’ve found that capturing the essenc of pesto to be hard to get in a photo but you’ve got it here.

  14. Jaime 16 October 2008 at 5:03 am #

    i love basil. naturally, i love pesto pasta too πŸ™‚ looks delicious

  15. Nina Timm 16 October 2008 at 5:29 am #

    rose – you’re so right!

    kat – I will have this anytime of the year, but you’re right!

    colleen – I would love to have your lemon meringue pie recipe, my email is nina(at)bocpac.co.za.Thanks a stack!

    bellini – have you tried rocket and walnut??Delicious!

    tigerfish – me too!

    ben – definitely not in my family!

    pam – it sure was!

    hopie – classic combination!

    mike – there is just something magical about stirring a spoonful of pesto into pasta…I think it is the smell!!!

    sylvie – great minds think alike.

    that girl – wanna come over??

    kevin – absolutely!

    peter m – how did you know, I took about 25 shots and these are the only ones I could use!

    jaime – oh good, want to join me?

  16. Jeanne 21 October 2008 at 1:28 am #

    Sometimes simple is indeed the best πŸ™‚

  17. Jeanine 27 October 2008 at 3:59 pm #

    Oh wow, that looks delicious! I’ve never tried making a pesto before, but I think that needs to change. πŸ™‚


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