Mixed Herb Pesto Penne #CookingWithRachael

Fresh herbs, pasta, cheese, and garlic all sound like a perfect combo to me!  Rachael seemed to always make pesto on her show 30 Minute Meals.  There was always a different variation to the pesto, but each one sounded fantastic!

Mixed Herb Pesto Penne #CookingWithRachael

I decided I wanted to try this recipe first to kick off my fun with Cooking with Rachael.  With all my lovely fresh herbs growing like mad, it seemed like a perfect choice.  If you missed my Cooking with Rachael Ray adventure, here is my most recent post where I share my fun.

I made a few variations to the original recipe, because I am growing a different variety of herbs then what the recipe calls for.  I will share my changes in parenthesis in the recipe.

Yields 4

Mixed Herb Pesto Penne #CookingWithRachael
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1/4 cup pine nuts (used pecans)
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley leaves (used tarragon, lemon verbena, and rosemary)
1/4 cup mint leaves (used half the amount of mint)
About 2 Tbsps fresh thyme leaves (used oregano)
2 cloves garlic, grated and pasted
1/3 cup grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper
About 1/2 cup EVOO
1 pound penne rigate pasta
1 small russet (baking) potato, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice (I kept skin on)
A couple of handfuls of haricots verts (about 1/3 lb,) trimmed and cut into thirds (used edamame)


In a food processor, combine the pine nuts, herbs, garlic, parm, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Pulse-chop, then with the machine running stream in the EVOO to form a thick sauce. Transfer to a large bowl.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt the water. Add the pasta and cook 6 minutes. Add the potato and cook 1 minute. Add the beans and cook until the pasta is cooked to al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle out 1 cup of the starchy cooking water and stir into the pesto, (I did not add the starchy water to my pesto.) Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce.


If you would like to join in the fun all you need is this fantastic book, My Year In Meals.  The more the merrier on this fun adventure!  I will not share the recipes every time, I want to make sure you buy the book of course (you will love it!)  When I don’t share a recipe I will still share the flavors included in each dish!

Are you growing herbs this year?  Which herbs are you growing?


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  • Tutti Dolci
    Your pesto looks so good, love the mixed herbs! (I've also been drooling over you grilled cheese sandwiches on IG :))
  • TheCafeSucreFarine
    I've got huge amounts of herbs just waiting for a recipe like this- thanks so much! Perfect summer pasta dish....
  • mhm yummy! I feel like making pesto for dinner tonight, you tempted me Terra. =) I like the combination and amounts of herbs in the recipe, makes it all the more interesting. Kind of like a food adventure I guess. ;)
  • Hotly Spiced
    That pesto must have so much flavour with so many herbs. I don't think I've had pesto with thyme but I'm sure that would work beautifully xx
  • Choc Chip Uru
    Pesto pasta is one of my favourite, delicious :D Cheers CCU http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  • Angie
    That's a perfect flavour combo for me too, Terra.
  • sara
    Yum! This looks awesome - love doing pesto with more than just basil. :)
  • kitchenriffs
    I have everything I need for the recipe in my garden or the pantry, except for the pine nuts. And I have plenty of walnuts in the freezer, which make a dandy substitute. I should probably make this, don't you think? Good stuff - thanks.
  • justonecookbook
    We had similar pasta for lunch today. YUM. Pesto is miracle. I don't get tired of eating it. :) Looks delicious!
  • Well I have potato and pesto and pasta and pesto, but never potato AND pasta with pesto. It looks delicious and so easy to make. My kind of dish for sure!
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Now I want to make this pasta. I have more herbs than I know what to do with. Yummo!