I love pasta. I never get tired of eating any pasta dish. If only I knew how to cook I'd probably prepare pasta everyday (just kidding!). I would often ask my sister to cook the dishes we see on cooking shows. Learning how to cook has been in my bucket list for the longest time but I haven't gotten to fulfilling that yet. But I will someday :). Anyhow, I saw this simple yet healthy and delicious pasta recipe in the internet and I wanna share it to you guys.
Basil Pesto with Potatoes, Green Beans and Pasta
- 10 small new potatoes, sliced into 1/4 slices
- 2 cups of green beans, stem ends snapped off
- 8 ounces of linguini (or whatever pasta you like)
- 2 ounces of parmigiano reggiano cheese
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup pine nuts*
- 2 cups packed fresh basil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- sea salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
Fill a large pot with water and potatoes and add about 2 tablespoons of sea salt. Bring to a boil. Cook the potatoes until they are just done, about 13 - 15 minutes. Remove the potatoes with a strainer and place in a large serving bowl. Do not dump out your water. To the same pot and water, add the green beans and cook until they are just done, about 7-8 minutes. Remove with the strainer and add the beans to the potatoes in your serving dish.
Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook the linguini about 8 minutes. Remove with a pair of tongs and add to your serving dish. A little bit of pasta water on the linguini is fine - this will help make a "sauce" of the pesto. While the pasta is cooking, make the pesto. Place the cheese and the garlic in a food processor and process until fine. Add the basil and pine nuts and process. Start adding the olive oil through the feed tube until the pesto is all thoroughly processed. You may have to use a spatula to scrape it down. Taste the pesto and add a little sea salt if you like. Add the pesto and a few grinds of black pepper to the serving bowl ingredients and toss well. Add a tablespoon or two of the hot pasta water if you need help in blending the pesto. Serve at room temperature.