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Farfalle with Spicy Pesto

Posted by: admin in: ● November 14, 2010

Bon giorno! This recipe comes from “Giada at Home” by Giada de Laurentiis and I followed the recipe pretty closely, halving her original recommendations which would have given me 4 to 6 servings. The below amounts yielded 2 very generous sized main-course portions (or could have been 4 sides if served with protein).

1/2 lb. farfalle pasta
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 garlic clove, chopped or crushed
1/2 of a 2″ green jalapeno pepper, stemmed & coarsely chopped, seeds in
1 cup grated Asiago cheese
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup arugula
1/8 cup olive oil

Cook pasta according to package directions, making sure not to overcook (should be slightly firm). Strain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Next, combine walnuts, garlic, jalapeno, grated cheese, salt and pepper in a food processor until mixture is smooth. Add spinach and arugula, mix until well blended, then with processor running add the olive oil. This will yield a thick consistency pesto.

Toss the cooked pasta and pesto in a large serving bowl and use the reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce, a little at a time, until pasta is evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

I added a green salad to go with it and it made a wonderful dinner! I saved a little of the thick pesto to put in sandwiches and wraps later in the week.

Note: Giada’s original recipe called for fusilli (spiral pasta) which I’m sure would have been wonderful. I used farfalle (bowtie) which also has lots of ridges and surface area to capture the sauce and would highly recommend this as it came out delicious. Also, I didn’t think this was very spicy at all and will likely try doubling the jalapeno next time to give it more of a kick. Enjoy!

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