Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Pasta With Pea Pesto

April 15, 2013
Plain English Version

Super simple, and doable even without a food processor, this pesto comes together with ingredients you’re likely to have on-hand.

Serves 4

 2 cups fresh or frozen peas

1 small garlic clove, minced (or if using hand mixer 1 tablespoon garlic powder)

2 tablespoons unsalted nuts (original recipe calls for pine nuts, I used cashews) 

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for pasta water

One package dried linguine, spaghetti, or fettuccine (I used linguine)

Garnish (optional): thinly slivered basil or mint leaves

1. Fill large pot half full of water, salt well, and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve about two cups of pasta water to use later with pesto. Drain pasta, set aside. Keep your pasta pot on the stove for later.

2. While pasta cooks, cook peas either on stovetop or in microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes, until tender. Drain, and let cool slightly. If using food processor set aside 1/2 cup peas. 

3. Whirl 1-1/2 cups peas in food processor or blender with garlic cloves, nuts, 1/3 cup Parmesan, and pinch of salt. Drizzle in olive oil and blend until smooth. (If using hander mixer beat all the peas, garlic powder, and pinch of salt on high speed, adding olive oil a bit at a time until mostly smooth, with only a few peas left whole. This will take about 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and nuts.)

4. With heat on medium-low, return pesto and reserved peas to pasta pot, add pasta, and mix to combine. Add splashes of pasta water as needed until pesto is smooth and coats all noodles. Add salt, black pepper, basil, mint, and extra Parmesan to taste.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Smitten Kitchen

Print Friendly

Features

New Danger: The Bottom of Your Shoes

Do you take off your shoes when you go into someone’s home? Most Americans do not. It is common practice in Japan and Finland....

New Research: What it Means to Become a Mother

There is even a word that describes it. It is “matrescence.” The matrescence period begins during pregnancy and extends into motherhood. The signs can...

An Immigrant Artist in America

Nari Ward is an artist from Jamaica. He lives and works in a former Harlem fire station.

Nari Ward takes everyday objects – most...

The Expert’s Guide to Contentment

The experts met in Vancouver. The agreed on the following tips to a better life.

  • Face-to-face social...

Archives

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com
Click to listen highlighted text!