Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pesto Pasta @ Customized Version

Craving for spaghetti badly, but I been very boring with Spaghetti Carbonara sauce and Spaghetti Bolognese sauce. I want some changes in life. It's happened that day I ever tried delicious Spinach Spaghetti in restaurants, curiosity for me to find out more. Proper steps makes a lot of difference in taste wise.

Ingredients for Pesto Sauce:-
Servings 3-4 person

1. 50 grams raw pine nuts very lightly toast (omit with groundnuts)
2. large bunch of basil young leaves (picked and chopped)
3. 50 grams Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
4. 150 ml olive oil, plus extra for storing
5. 1 small squeeze lemon juice
6. 350 grams pasta
7. Sea salt and pepper

For toppings:-
1. Fried Smoked bacon
2. Cherries baby tomatoes

1. Heat a small frying pan over a low heat.
2. Cook the groundnuts until golden, shaking occasionally.
3. Put into a food processor or blender with the remaining ingredients basil, groundnuts,
    Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and lemon juice) and process until smooth.
4. To prepare the pasta: Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water over high heat
    until al dente, keep on stir with tung to prevent it from sticking, about 8-10 minutes.
    Drain the spaghetti, keep the remaining pasta water.
    Add a few teaspoons of the water to the remaining pesto sauce to smooth-then the paste.
5. Place the pasta in a large bowl, then add the pesto sauce,
    1 tbsp olive oil and toss to coat.
6. Garnish with the smoked bacon, shaved Parmesan cheese, and cherries baby tomatoes.
    Drizzle with of oil over and serve.

Tips: for the left over Pesto sauce, sealed it tight into bottle, keep refrigerator for storing.

Pasta Pesto Sauce

Pasta Pesto Sauce

To my surprised, I quite enjoyed it. Basil is a powerfully aromatic herb and a little goes a long way. The pesto will more easily stay vibrant green and the flavor of the basil will still come through, though just not as strongly. Plus fragrant nutty flavor with olive oil and Parmesan Cheese, sourish with lemon juice. Simple meal, in a healthy way, it takes 30 min for preparation. Give it a try.. enjoy..!! =D