Sunday, May 9, 2010

Parsley Pistachio Pea Pesto Over Pasta Recipe




The five P's~ Parsley, Pistachio, Pea, Pesto, Pasta, wow try and say that fast~!!


Well we started out having this pesto for four, and got surprise guests at the last minute. I had just enough homemade egg noodles left for four, so out came some boxed pasta made seperate to fed the clan. Not a problem, just made another quick batch of pesto, and a pound of bow ties. So, they all got a little taste of the homemade pasta, but we ended up having both kinds to feed our company.

I kind of felt bad since everyone kept saying the homemade pasta was better than the dry pasta, a nice compliment, glad they got a little taste of the noodles.
So, we had a huge salad and some garlic knots to go along with the meal, and of course I had to make one of our favorite desserts Italian Lemon Cheesecake.

A great pasta dish, this is light dinner, but yet filling and so quick and easy.
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup fresh parsley leaves packed
1/2 cup pistachios, macadamia or walnuts
1/3 cup grated Parmesan plus more for serving
3 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and milled ground pepper
dash of cayenne pepper

Cook 1 cup of peas according to package. In food processor combine cooked peas, parsley, nuts, cheese, garlic and 2 tablespoons of water to form a paste. Slowly add oil until well blended add salt and peppers to taste.

In a large pot of salted water cook pasta to your preference, add the peas to the water just before pasta is done. Drain pasta and peas reserving 1 cup of water. Put pasta and peas back into the pot and toss with 3/4 cup of Parsley Pistachio Pesto sauce add enough pasta water to create a sauce ( freeze leftover sauce in ice cube trays for another time thaw before using ). Serve with more Parmesan and Parsley Garlic Butter on top.
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30 comments:

Moogie said...

Perfection on a fork.

Stella said...

Yum Claudia. You know, lately I haven't been that hungry due to the heat down here. But when it hits, I'm so incredibly ravenous that I want rich, delicious things like this pasta dish. I love that you used farfalle for some of it (one of my favorite pasta shapes)!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Fabulous pasta dish. Sounds like a wonderful dinner. Eating at your house must be a real treat.

Cheers!

Bridgett said...

You always have something wonderful cooking in your kitchen. I sure wish we lived closer, lol! This sounds wonderful with the pistachios. I have never tried pasta with nuts before but I can imagine the richness they add.

Federica said...

What a tasty mix! Wonderful ^_^

citronetvanille said...

Oh gorgeous photo Claudia! That looks so delicious, and I can tell you have been shooting outside, it does make a huge difference! what a beautiful pesto recipe! I love all the "P"s!

alison said...

wonderful,wonderful pasta ,claudia!and i love first photo,ii is a real scene of art!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

This all looks amazing. I can't wait to try some of your recipes. Yum Yum Yum!

AppleC said...

Those 5-P's sound delicious. Love the first photo. It's making my mouth water.

Trix said...

I love EVERYTHING about this dish - yes, all those P's are just great!

Nicole said...

I need to make homemade pasta noodles asap. i don't know what has been holding me back! This meal looks so amazing, I would dump so much parmesan on this! haha I love adding extra :)

Kristi@Ja Cie Kocham said...

Okay I just had dinner, and now I'm hungry again! This looks and sounds amazing- the garlic knots, the salad, and the lemon cheesecake. Oh man! I want to come to your house for dinner :o)

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I love this five p's pasta! I never had a pistachio pesto - I bet it's delicious!

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Wow this 5 Ps need a P-erfect thumb up, need visiting your house for dinner :)- Pasta Party!

Cheers,

Gera

Sook said...

I sure love adding peas to my pasta too! Yum!

Drick said...

never thought of putting pistachios in pasta - how awesome is that....

Sophie said...

A stunning pasta dish & everything looks so fresh & lovely!

Yummmmmm,..

redkathy said...

A most delicious combination of Ps!

Emily Malloy (formerly Ziegler) said...

Wow! Claudia... 5 Ps? Try 7... add:
Perfection.
Priceless.

Mother Rimmy said...

What a wonderful pasta dish. Your food always looks mouthwatering! I really like the ingredients in your pesto!

Liz Marr, MS, RD said...

You've pulled off playing with words and food with perfect panache! Oh the joyful palilogy of P!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Fresh, simple, delicious and gorgeous!!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Fresh, simple, delicious and gorgeous!!

Rochelle said...

Sounds wonderful, I would love to have a plateful right now :D

Claudia said...

That is one grand pesto. Everything in it says "delicious." The entire dinner would make my family swoon. (And that's always fun!)

Cookin' Canuck said...

The pistachios would add a really nice flavor to this pasta. I'll bet your homemade noodles are wonderful!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Wow that looks like something I want to take a huge forkful of right now.

Simply Life said...

yum, that pasta looks great!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious flavours thank you for linking Claudia

Claudia said...

Un pesto di piselli? ma รจ meravigliosooo :-)