That is, until I found this pasta recipe. This pasta recipe sounded so perfect, so good, that it forced me to go to K-Mart, of all places, and buy a blender. I did it! I'm a blender owner!
The recipe in question is summery and fresh and pasta. I made a pesto out of pine nuts, cheese, garlic, oil, and peas. Peas! Yum!
This dish was super easy to make once I bought a blender. In the blender I added garlic, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese.
I then added some peas that had previously been frozen but were steamed in the microwave to the blender.
Then I whizzed it all up! Blenders are awesome.
The consistency was thicker than normal pesto but don't you worry, it gets thinned out later.
While this was buzzing, I was cooking some linguine in some salted water, and when it was finished I reserved some of the salted water then drained it and added it back to the pot and poured the pesto over the linguine. I also had reserved some peas to add later for texture and because they look like little polka dots.
I added some of the pasta water to thin out the sauce so it would coat all of the pasta and tossed to combine. I served in a bowl with a little Parm on top.
I loved everything about this pasta. The peas made it sweet and fresh tasting and the bite of garlic and saltiness of the cheese were the perfect complement.
It was also just as good the next day. I portioned two lunches out of the leftovers and was set for lunches the rest of the week!
This was easy and quick to make and was well worth the cost of the blender. Plus I've also made tomatillo dip in my blender too. Bonus.
Here's the recipe!
Linguine with Pea Pesto (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
- 12 ounces frozen peas, steamed with 1/3 cup reserved for garnish
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 lb dried linguine
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the linguine until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water and drain.
- In your blender or food processor, add garlic, pine nuts, cheese, salt, pepper, cheese and peas. Blend until smooth. If you are using a blender you may need to add some water so that it blends well. Also, you'll definitely have to scrape down the sides.
- Put the pasta back into the pot and add the pesto and the whole peas. Add some of the reserved pasta water until the sauce is the desired consistency and toss to combine.
- Serve with Parmesan cheese on top