Who doesn't love a big bowl of pasta every now and then? It gets even better when you make your own hearty dough and toss it with fresh, nutty pesto. If you don't have time to make your pasta, that's fine. Choose your favorite brand and toss it in. Maybe you don't like pesto, this dough recipe works great in any shape and with any sauce. Enjoy!
So, most people think that homemade pasta must be a giant pain to make. False! It's actually really easy. You don't need a special mixer or special ingredients, and the pasta roller is totally optional. I love mine and would strongly recommend one to any serious pasta makers out there, but don't let the absence of a pasta machine bar you from trying out homemade noodles! Here's the recipe for pasta:
It all starts with pines nuts. Such expensive little buggers if you buy them in a jar. I'd recommend trying to find them in bulk somewhere, where you can get them much cheaper. Once you've got your ingredients, you can't go wrong with this sauce. It's delicious!
2 oz. fresh basil leaves, with stems
2 cloves garlic
1/3 C pine nuts
4 tbs olive oil
1 tbs butter
1/3 C fresh Parmesan cheese
Put the basil, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Transfer the mixture to the bowl you're serving the pasta in. While the pasta is cooking, take about two tablespoons of the salted water and add it to the pesto mixture along with the butter. Stir in the cheese. Drain the pasta and toss it with the pesto. Ta-da!