Sunday, June 8, 2008

Barefoot Blogging: Pasta, Pesto & Peas

My second assignment as a "Barefoot Blogger" was to make Ina's Pasta, Pesto & Peas. And I came to a conclusion as a result of trying this recipe. I've decided I really don't care for pesto.

I mean, I know I should. I love all the ingredients in it- fresh basil, good parmesan cheese, peas, pasta-- I mean, how could you go wrong? Yet, alas, it does not make my soul sing or make my tummy smile. But, it did make a lot friends happy when I brought the shedooby-load of leftovers to them. ;)

I made half of this and it was still enough to feed a whole baseball league, so beware the amount this makes! :)

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.

Pesto:
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

7 comments:

Feed the moose said...

Great post. I generally love pesto, but I seem to never like it with leftovers. I may be exposing it to too much air, but it is always gross the second time around!

bellalately said...

Hey ftm! :)

What I did w/my bowl of ppp was to olive oil up a piece of cling film that I pressed down close to the top of the pasta. Then, I sealed the top of the bowl w/a few more sheets of cling. It seemed to keep everything green and fresh. :)

bethanyjg said...

I love it that you incorporated the word "shedooby" into this post. :)

Prudy said...

Half a batch is huge, I agree. Your looks wonderful!

Liliana said...

Your salad looks delicious! It does make a huge batch!

Debinhawaii said...

Its too bad you didn't like it so much but it does make you popular with your friends at least! ;-)

smellslikehome said...

great job jmama!!! looks wonderful!