Glorious Greens Pesto & Fresh Peas Spaghetti

January 10, 2017

Author Notes: Most all of us love a classic basil pesto but sometimes, it's that song stuck in your head that you just want out--even though you still love it. This pesto has a touch of basil, to soothe the need for familiarity, but brings three other greens to the table to break up the routine--kale, baby spinach, and fresh mint. English peas, although in peak season, see spurts of availability all year. If all else fails, frozen peas are a perfect substitute for this simple and fresh main dish.Abigail Olivas

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the pesto:

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup fresh curly kale
  • 1/4 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water

For the pasta:

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (for salting pasta water)
  • 1 cup english peas, shelled
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup pasta cooking water
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated (for garnish)
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt boiling water and cook spaghetti accordingly to the package directions, to al dente.
  2. While the spaghetti cooks, combine all of the pesto ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Add more water, if necessary, to achieve a smooth consistency.
  3. Add remaining olive oil, for the pasta, in a large skillet that is over medium heat. Heat olive oil for 30 seconds and add the fresh peas. Let the peas sauté for a minute before adding the water and covering the skillet with a lid. Let peas steam for an additional 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
  4. When pasta is done, add the hot noodles to the skillet of peas. As a quick reminder, do not drain the pasta before reserving the pasta cooking water.
  5. Finish the dish by plating the spaghetti and peas, topping with a healthy portion of pesto and a sprinkle of cheese.

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