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Now I am a Barefoot blogger!
June 12, 2008, 11:15 pm
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So I have joined another blogging group – I am officially an online food nerd 🙂 I found a blog that just started up that is dedicated to creating recipes from the talented Ina Garten. I LOVE Ina’s recipe and as she says “a stick of butter how can you go wrong”……ah Ina.

I made the Pasta, pesto & peas for dinner for Hubby & I the other night and halved the recipe which yielded enough for our dinner and left over lunches the next day. This was really yummy and would be a great alternative to a basic pasta salad to bring to a summer BBQ. I will definetly make this again 🙂

Pesto, pasta & peas

Source: Barefoot Contessa

3/4 pound fusilli pasta (I used whole wheat)
3/4 pound bow tie pasta (I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup good olive oil
1 1/2 cups pesto
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/4 cups good mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
1/3 cup pignolis (pine nuts)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 Cook the fusilli and bow ties separately in a large pot of boiling salted water for 10 to 12 minutes until each pasta is al dente. Drain and toss into a bowl with the olive oil. Cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of a food processor (I used my blender) fitted with a steel blade, puree the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice. Add the mayonnaise and puree. Add the pesto mixture to the cooled pasta and then add the Parmesan, peas, pignolis, salt, and pepper. Mix well, season to taste, and serve at room temperature.

 Yield: 4 cups


6 Comments so far
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You’re bona fide! Looks delicious. I can’t believe how much pasta salad this recipe makes!

Comment by Rebecca

Great job! Your pasta looks delicious! I’m a online food nerd too! hehehe…its too much fun!

Comment by Heather B

Looks great!

Comment by Melissa

lol at “online food nerd” – love it!! great job with your PP&P and again, welcome to the group!

Comment by smellslikehome

This looks perfect for a pot luck dinner that I have in a week!

Comment by Judy

This looks great for a pot luck dinner I’m going to in a week.

Comment by Judy (mom-in-law)

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