Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Go Green Pasta!!

Of all that I have ever cooked in my entire life, this is the dish I am most proud of!! This is THE recipe that converted my most devout Tamil food loving friend, Rupesh to a pasta devouring Italian!! Its ridiculously easy to make and wonderfully yummy to eat!!

What you need:
500g large floury potatoes cut into bite sized chunks
500g linguine pasta
200g fine green beans, trimmed and cut in half

For the pesto:
 100g basil leaves
1 garlic clove, peeled
100ml regular olive oil
100ml extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Put the potato chunks into a large saucepan with enough salted water to take the pasta later, and bring to the boil.
  2. Cook the potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes, then add the pasta. Check the packet cooking instructions, and at about 4 minutes before the end of the specified cooking time, add the green beans.
  3. While this is bubbling away, whiz the ingredients for the pesto in a food processor. Before you drain the saucepan, remove and reserve about 1/2 cupful of the cooking liquid. Tip the drained potatoes, beans and pasta back into the dry pan.
  4. Add the pesto from the processor and enough cooking water to give a runny sauce that coats the strands of pasta as you work it through with a fork or pasta claw. Serve immediately.
 This is also a recipe from Nigella Lawsons book Kitchen.(just bought the book and im really devouring it)

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