Friday, November 26, 2010

Foodie Friday: Pesto Penne

I've been thinking about making pesto ever since I had it at a friend's house a few weeks ago. I've also been wanting to try out a new kind of gluten-free pasta, so I thought this was a great opportunity to satisfy both cravings!

Pesto is incredibly easy to make, and I feel a little fancy when I make it. It was a big hit with my husband, and my kid loved to listen to the food processor doing its thing, so everyone wins!

You will need:
1 cup fresh basil leaves (packed)
1-3 cloves garlic (I used 3, but we love garlic.)
3 Tablespoons pine nuts
¾ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup olive oil
⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Put basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, and cheese in a blender or food processor. Pulse until blended.
  • Add the olive oil a little bit at a time, blending as you go until the mixture forms a thick puree.
  • Pour over cooked hot pasta and serve right away! (If you let it sit around, it'll get sticky.)
  • Optionally, top with a little extra Parmesan cheese.
I cooked a 12 ounce bag of rice/potato/soy flour penne rigate, and this was enough pesto for the whole lot (about 3-4 good sized servings). A tip for the pasta: add a little olive oil to the cooking water, and stir frequently while cooking to prevent it from sticking. I've found that gluten-free pasta tends to stick more readily than wheat does.

I'm starting to like the gluten-free pasta even more than I ever liked wheat pasta. I think if I go back to eating wheat, I'll stick to eating gluten-free pasta when I cook at home. Yum!

Linked up at Vegetarian Foodie Fridays at Breastfeeding Moms Unite!, Friday Food at Momtrends, Food on Fridays at Ann Kroeker, Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, and Recipe Swap at Prairie Story.


  1. Pesto pesto I love pesto! I can't wait to make some in my Vita Mix! I just need to get some fresh basil. Yum! ow I love fresh herbs! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Pestopestopestopesto...I love pesto! I grew basil in the garden this summer and got pine nuts at Trader Joe's and made it fresh. My husband, who claimed he didn't really like pesto that much, said he's now a convert! All that yummy freshness woo'd him.

    I've heard some people make it with walnuts, which would be a less expensive an interesting taste alternative. Walnuts are also very healthy. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm planning to.

    Glad you linked to Food on Fridays!

  3. I love how you both started your comments the same way! Is there an "I Love Pesto" song that I don't know about? =)

  4. This looks amazingly good. I *insist* that you make it for me when I get around to visiting. MT

  5. It's a deal! I will look forward to that very much.

  6. This looks really good! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week!

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