Monday, July 23, 2007

Spaghetti with Mint and Parsley Pesto

This is the most delicious pasta I've made in a while. Perhaps I think this because I just love the taste of fresh mint. This particular recipe is from Dave Lieberman, who has a show on the Food Network. This is probably the only time I haven't "tweaked" a recipe. Anyhoo, I ate this just as a regular meal, but it also makes a super side-dish to fish or chicken.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

  • 1 bunch large mint
  • 1 large bunch parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, pecorino, or grana padano cheese
  • 1 pound of spaghetti
  • A handful of toasted pine nuts (about a heaping tablespoon)

In a food processor, add the mint, parsley, lemon juice, garlic cloves, and salt. Process the ingredients while slowly adding the olive oil in a steady stream. Add the grated cheese and blend for a few seconds more. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain the pasta and toss with the pesto. Finally, toss in a handful of toasted pine nuts and serve.

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