From My Kitchen: Creamy Pesto Pasta

Cooking for meatless Monday? Or maybe you’re just not in the mood for any kind of meat. I feel the urge to just go meatless sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a carnivore. I love meat. But a good old bowl of just pasta with veggies is what I crave every now and then. This is one of my go to recipes, and it is as simple as simple can be. It’s quick and delicious, so please make a big pot, everyone is going want seconds.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves (about one bunch)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 oz of pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 (or more) Pecorino Cheese
  • 1/4 cup pasta liquid
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Cook a pound of pasta according to the instruction on the package.

Add all ingredients besides the pasta water and heavy cream in a blender or food processor. Pulse until a smooth paste developed. If necessary add salt to taste.

While cooking the pasta, reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water.

Once the pasta is done, drain and return to the pot. Add the reserved cooking liquid, the heavy cream and the pesto paste and stir well. Serve hot immediately!

Bon Appétit

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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