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!
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.
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?