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Pesto Pasta , per favore!!!!

Posted on October 13, 2008 by in pasta

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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.

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 – Enjoywith more parmesan cheese and toasted almonds(make the almonds while the pasta is cooking)

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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 🙂

  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 🙂

  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 🙂 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 🙂

  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. 🙂


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