Friday, July 16, 2010

edamame pesto over spinach pasta

this recipe is MOST delicioius. it is from the post punk kitchen site, and is a great way to use the cilantro and basil growing in your yard! make it, and love it, and have leftovers, and use the pesto on crackers, and then make it again. the ingredients and recipe text come straight from PPK. do it.
For the edamame pesto:

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • Handful (1/4 cup or so) fresh cilantro
  • 14 oz package shelled edamame, thawed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
For the pasta:

  • 10 oz spinach linguine or other pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Small red onion, in thinly sliced half moons
  • 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Extra basil for garnish
Put on a pot of salted water to boil. Then prepare the pesto:

Place garlic and basil in food processor and pulse a few times to get it chopped up. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until relatively smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula to make sure you get everything. Add a little more vegetable broth if it seems too stiff. Set aside until ready to use.

Preheat a large pan over medium heat. At this point your pasta water should be ready, so add the linguine.
Saute onion in oil for about 5 minutes. Use a little cooking spray as needed, or a splash of water if you prefer. Mix in mushrooms, garlic, thyme and salt. Cover pot and cook 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
The pasta should be ready now, so drain it.

When the mushrooms have cooked down, add pasta to the pan, along with the pesto. Use a pasta spoon to stir and coat the linguine. Get everything good and mixed and the pesto heated through, about 3 minutes. The pesto should be relatively thick, but if it’s too thick (not spreading out and coating the pasta) add a few tablespoons of water. Taste for salt. (Serves 4)

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