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.

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Mixed Herb Pesto Penne #CookingWithRachael
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Ingredients

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)

Instructions

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.

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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 😀

    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!