Monday, January 4, 2010

Parsley Pesto with Whole Wheat Pasta

This is a very pretty and delicious side dish.  You can serve it warm or at room temperature.  I love to serve this with the parmesan encrusted chicken.

1 large bunch fresh parsley, rinsed and drained
2 cloves fresh garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup toasted walnuts
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ cups frozen petite peas, thawed
1 lb. cooked whole wheat pasta, reserve 1 cup pasta water

Place parsley through pepper into a food processor and pulse until all ingredients are combined.

Cook pasta aldente`.  Drain & put back into pot.  Add pesto, pasta water, & peas; stir until pasta is thoroughly coated.  Add additional cheese to taste.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

To toast walnuts:  Preheat oven to 275’, spread walnuts over cookie sheet & toast for 15 minutes.

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