Thursday, April 2, 2009

Farfalle con Pesto di Arugula

aka...farfalle with arugula pesto and tomatoes... :)

Today being the first thursday of the month is the recipe box swap over at Randi's blog, and the theme happened to be being that one of my goals for the year, as seen on a previous post, was to learn to cook more authentic italian meals... I decided to cook this delicious meal. I got the recipe from a Williams-Sonoma Italian cookbook and it is super yummy, super easy and super fresh! In fact the only thing that is actually cooked is the noodles.

6 oz. arugula, tough stems removed
1/4 cup italian parsley leaves
1/4 cup walnuts
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup grated romano cheese, plus shaved cheese for garnish
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. farfalle (bow tie pasta noodles)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

In a food processor or blender combine arugula, parsley, walnuts, and garlic. Blend until finely chopped. Add the cheese, salt, and pepper. With the machine running gradually add the olive oil in a steady stream until smooth.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the farfalle and salt to taste and cook stirring frequently. Drain the pasta and place in large serving pasta bowl with the pesto. Toss well, and then add in halved cherry tomatoes and toss again. Garnish with grated cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Laura said...

This looks great! Cant wait to try it. Thanks.

Lindsay said...

I'm also looking forward to making this recipe! I've been looking for a good pesto recipe.

Also, Stephanie, do you have any good recipes that use tons of veggies? I love cooking with lots of veggies now - but I've not found recipes that use a wide variety.

STEPHANIE. said...

Lindsay- besides a salad with a variety of veggies we do lots of stir frys. especually when I have a lot of veggies left over from another meal...i would just toss in whatever I can find, peppers, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, corn, snow peas, carrots, etc. and mix in a little olive oil with seasoning(cajun is good) or soy sauce and serve over rice or noodles. Thad likes when we add in some meat too. And if you want a good homemade basil pesto I use the one from better homes and gardens, you could find on the website. Just search Homemade Pesto. i use walnuts instead of pine nuts and add a little lemon juice to thin it before serving.

randi---i have to say said...

YUM! This really sounds great! Thanks for posting!

"Dove" said...

This dish is so pretty! I bet the walnuts make it super yummy. This is one I'll certainly try.

Erin said...

Yummy! :)

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