Thursday, June 12, 2008

BB-Pasta, Pesto and Peas

I have joined the Barefoot Bloggers. It sounded fun, cooking recipes from The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, and doable- we post twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. I love to cook almost as much as I love to bake, and I already own all of her cookbooks, so I felt this was a good group for me to join. Tara of Smells Like Home, started this group. The pictures didn't turn out very well,(don't you love the smudge on my camera lens?), but the majority of us enjoyed this meal. We have one pasta hater and one pesto hater, but they ate it anyway. I didn't toss the pasta with olive oil, used fat-free mayo (I hate mayo, but can stand fat-free when used in salad type dishes) and also used alot less mayo then she called for. I also used half whole wheat pasta because, really, anyway I can make something healthier, I go for. I added more peas and I really enjoyed this dish. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, this recipe was chosen by Elizabeth of Ugg Smell Food.
Pasta, Pesto, and Peas
Copyright, 2001, Ina Garten, All rights reserved

3/4 pound fusilli pasta

3/4 pound bow tie pasta
1/4 cup good olive oil
1 1/2 cups pesto, packaged or see recipe below
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/4 cups good mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
1/3 cup pignolis (pine nuts)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cook the fusilli and bow ties separately in a large pot of boiling salted water for 10 to 12 minutes until each pasta is al dente. Drain and toss into a bowl with the olive oil. Cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice. Add the mayonnaise and puree. Add the pesto mixture to the cooled pasta and then add the Parmesan, peas, pignolis, salt, and pepper. Mix well, season to taste, and serve at room temperature.

1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pignolis (pine nuts)
3 tablespoons chopped garlic (9 cloves)
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups good olive oil
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Place the walnuts, pignolis, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 15 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use right away or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.
Notes: Air is the enemy of pesto. For freezing, pack it in containers with a film of oil or plastic wrap directly on top with the air pressed out.
To clean basil, remove the leaves, swirl them in a bowl of water, and then spin them very dry in a salad spinner. Store them in a closed plastic bag with a slightly damp paper towel. As long as the leaves are dry they will stay green for several days.
Yield: 4 cups


Anne said...

Yum! My camera gets so dirty, too, it's funny. Great job on the recipe, I'm excited about the group!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Oh, YUM. Wish I'd used half whole wheat pasta, but I cut most of the mayo and added more veggies. Nitro green!


Anonymous said...

Looks very good!!

Melissa said...

Half whole wheat sounds good!

Prudy said...

I think your pictures look delish! I peeked at your baked eggs too-they look so good. Mine weren't so pretty and brown on the top. My camera is always smudgy and herby!

Heather said...

It looks delicious! Great job! My camera always ends up dirty when I cook!