PASTA WITH ARUGULA PESTO……………………………….
Here is a very simple but tasty pasta recipe. You can prepare it in just a jiffy and the results are terrific. I have found that some of the easiest recipes can be the most memorable.
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups coarsely chopped arugula, stems included
- ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt to taste
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 (16 ounce) package dry pasta
DIRECTIONS: Combine the walnuts, garlic, arugula, and basil in a foods processor or blender. Whirl them just until they are coarsely chopped. Whirl the machine is running, add the olive oil in a thin stream. Transfer the pesto to a bowl.
Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt, and cayenne into the pesto.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it, stirring occasionally, until it is just tender. Drain the pasta, return it to the empty pot, and toss it with the pesto, adding a tablespoon or two of water if necessary to distribute the pesto evenly.
Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl or to individual plates, garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and serve. From the Medford House “Ultimate Pesto Cookbook”