Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Angel Hair Pasta with Red Pepper Pesto

Once again I fell off my meal plan bandwagon...I was supposed to be making a couple of new dishes-Turkish Chicken thighs and Curried Baked Brown Rice and Lentil Pilaf-but I rummaged through my freezer and found the chicken thighs I *thought* I had were non-existent. So for a short on time adjustment I pulled out some salmon fillets and figured I'd just grill them on the Georgey and browse some blogs for a side dish recipe while at work.

Can I just say, Gawd I love the food blogging community?! There are so many creative and amazing foodies out there and they've become such a great resource and source of entertainment for me. While browsing I came upon a blog called La Mia Cucina that I decided to add to my favorites because I really relate to her love of cooking and her sense of humor.

Through her blog, I read about a blogger who had recently passed. It was touching to read all the comments on her page from all of her food blogging friends. What an odd thing our Internet is-its almost ghostly in a way-these little biographies we will leave behind for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I don't know why it seems so different than writing a book or a diary-but it does. Its a strange feeling of some sort of ongoing spirit. I can't really describe it...

Anyway-I decided to browse this woman named Sherry's recipes and make one in honor of her. Weird I know, but I just felt like I wanted to. She had recently made a simple dish of Angel Hair Pasta with Red Pepper Pesto that was perfect. I had all of the ingredients on hand thanks in part to my little garden! YAY! And...it involved pine nuts and I do love me some pine nuts.

Aren't the veggies pretty? Its so nice to just go out on the deck and pick what I need-rinse it off and use it. (I used the cucumber and the green pepper for a salad to go with my pasta)

Part of the recipe called for roasting your own peppers-and although I've seen it done before-I have never taken them time to do it myself. I'm a little freaked out by fire-but I chose a gas stove for my house-go figure...I'm just full of contradictions. Its sort of who I am. I think I rushed the charring a bit and they could have been charred a bit more-because I had a bit of a hard time peeling them.

Sans roasting the peppers-this recipe takes maybe 20 minutes total from start to finish to complete. Nice and easy and it tastes great too. Thanks to Sherry for sharing this great recipe with all of us!

Sherry's Angel Hair Pasta with Sweet Red Pepper Pesto
3 medium red bell peppers or bottled roasted red peppers
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 small garlic clove, smashed
1/4 cup basil leaves, plus 2 tablespoons chopped basil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 pound angel hair pasta
1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese

1.Roast the red peppers over a gas flame or under the broiler, turning occasionally, until charred all over. Transfer the peppers to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool. Peel, core and chop the peppers.
2.In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat until golden, about 4 minutes. Let cool.
3.Transfer the peppers and pine nuts to a blender or food processor. Add the garlic and whole basil leaves and blend until coarsely chopped.
4.Add the olive oil and cheese and puree to a chunky pesto. Season with salt and pepper.
5.In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and cool slightly under running water.
6.Transfer the pasta to a bowl and toss with the pesto. Season the pasta with salt and pepper.
7.Top with the chopped basil and pecorino and serve at room temperature.


Amy said...

This sounds delicious, i will be making it immediately, i am very impressed with your veggies from your garden! WOW, i am really thinking about doing this, how convenient to be able to just pick what you need.!!! And they look so nice, great color!

Jessica said...

Red pepper pesto, sounds really good. I'm in love with food blogs, too. I've been enjoying the ones you've listed.

I'm jealous of your garden fresh veggies. Those red peppers look so good.

lauren said...

How nice it must be to just go out and pick your own peppers-especially since they are uber expensive at the store. This sounds great and I might give it a try soon.

lauren said...

I made this last night and it was really good. It would have been great on it's own as a spaghetti dish. Mr. Picky Bird Eater(J) loved it, he ate two helpings! Definitely will be making this again but probably just eating on it's own with a side salad.