A Week of Wonderful Pasta – Day One: Classic Pesto

I’ve come to a conclusion: College Students cannot deny pasta. My friend Isabella feeds off of $.15 boxes of Meuller’s and canned sauce. I know, it’s easy to boil spaghetti in a bowl of water for eight minutes like I admit I have done at three in the morning, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Cooking in a dorm makes it difficult to take on more complicated recipes, but you don’t always have to sacrifice tasty homemade for lack of various kitchen tools and storage space. And if you have an apartment, it may be time to invest in a food processor instead of a magic bullet that has multiple functions.

So I’m starting a Pasta Week! Every day I am going to put up a new pasta recipe with suggestions on how to make them college-student friendly. I will start off with pesto- a versatile basil sauce that can be used on chicken, tossed in penne, stirred into soup…

Classic Pesto
From The Silver Palate Cookbook 

  • 2 Cups Fresh Basil Leaves, washed and patted dry
  • 4 Medium Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Cup Pine Nuts (Or any type that you prefer)
  • 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1. Combine the basil, garlic and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor (you can use a blender, too! a magic bullet is basically the same thing- have you seen the infomercial?!) and blend until smooth

2. Leave the motor running and add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream.

3. Shut the motor off and add the cheese, salt and pepper. Blend again until smooth. 4. Pour into a bowl and cover until ready to use.

To make a delicious pasta, cook a package of  noodles.  Combine the  pesto sauce, 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream and 2 Tablespoons of the pasta water in a bowl. Toss the pesto and cream mixture with the hot pasta and enjoy! It tastes better when eaten with friends, promise!





Categories: Food

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid. www.stupidgoodrachel.com

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2 Comments on “A Week of Wonderful Pasta – Day One: Classic Pesto”

  1. July 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Everyone is doing pesto with different measurements… including me! I find adding a squeeze of lemon juice really gives it the edge. Nice photos by the way.

    • Rachel
      July 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      Lemon is a great idea – when I toss it with some pasta tonight I’ll be sure to add a squirt. I’ll let you know how it went!

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