Monday, April 20, 2009

Delectable Dining

When I mentioned this week's challenge to my sister, Laura, she indicated that she had a new pasta recipe with several of the key ingredients listed (walnuts, pasta, olive oil, garlic). So Friday night, her family came to my house and we attempted the recipe with delicious results. The recipe follows:

Fettuccine with Parsley Pesto and Walnuts and Spinach
Laura Elggren

coarse salt & ground pepper
3/4 pound fettuccine
2 cups packed fresh parsley
1/4 cup walnuts, plus more chopped for serving
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
5 ounces baby spinach

1)In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot.

2)In a food processor, puree parsley, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons water until a paste forms. With machine running, add oil in a thin stream; process until very smooth, about 1 minute. Season pesto with salt and pepper.

3)To pasta in pot, add pesto, 1/4 cup pasta water, and spinach; toss to combine. Thin with pasta water as needed. Serve sprinkled with walnuts and Parmesan.

We added broiled chicken to the meal and steamed green and orange vegetables to make it complete. The pasta was alive with pleasure.

I didn't use the berries and yogurt in the same meal, but I ate them earlier in the day so I hope that counts. :)

Here are a few pictures of us enjoying our delectable dining experience.

1 comment:

  1. Hey lady, um I think you missed four ingredients! Yogurt, Blueberries, Apples & Asparagus. Looks like fun!