Yum! Pesto Pasta

A while ago-I coaxed a friend of mine to take a cooking class with me at our local Kitchen Kneads store here in Logan.  It taught different basics of how to use up all your garden leftovers.  I had a bunch of tomatoes left over and wanted to freeze some tomato sauce for the upcoming winter.  I loved the class so much!! And at the end of all the demonstrations, we got to taste everything.  Sign me up!  

(I know they offer classes just about everywhere-check out your local grocery store.  
I’ve heard Macey’s does some really fun, FREE classes!)
My favorite recipe of the night-was the Tri-Herb Pesto Pasta.  It was soooo yummy.  I’ve made it several times since and it is a crowd pleaser!  My kids just eat it right up.  I try to double the recipe so we have left overs.

Here is the recipe:
3/4 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves
1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley
3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary (less is more 🙂
4 Cloves minced garlic
1/2 to 1 cup shelled toasted pine nuts
1/2-1 cup olive oil (I use about 3/4 C)
1 1/4 cup freshly grated Parm. cheese
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste

Combine herbs, garlic, cooled nuts, cheese, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor (or blender) and chop. Be careful not to over process or it will turn into a paste. Turn on the motor and add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Don’t add too much oil.  It shouldn’t “puddle” If it seems thick, then add a little more oil. This texture shouldn’t be smooth.  We leave some pine nuts whole and put them on to add a little crunch.

Covers 2 lbs. cooked pasta.  We love bow-tie the best!

You can use as a spread on bread or sandwiches too!  Also, this freezes well.


3 Responses to Yum! Pesto Pasta

  1. Emily 07/08/2011 at 7:03 am #

    Looks yummy Nat! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. deborah shaw 12/13/2011 at 12:09 am #

    you girls are amazing ,all those brains and beauty too.

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