Sunday, 11 November 2007

Pesto pasta

The Walk Against Warming was on today and we were planning to attend. Lily even wore her "Save the Future for Me" t-shirt.

[Photo from a few weeks ago]

However, we had a family event to attend on the other side of town and arrived late (because Lily was napping) thus making us so late for the Walk Against Warming that it had already finished by the time we arrived.

Sad us.

Anyway, I had been planning to write about the walk and post our photos, but that was not to be. So instead I thought that I would post a recipe for our favourite pesto pasta dish.

1/2 cup basil leaves (tightly packed)
1/2 cup of rocket (tightly packed)
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup olive oil
the juice of one lemon
1/4 tsp salt

The rest
Penne pasta
1/2 cup marinated artichokes (roughly chopped)
1/3 cup Kalamata olives (pitted & halved)
1 cup button mushrooms (cubed)
1 tbp olive oil
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped) [optional if your little one doesn't like garlicky milk - like Lily)

Boil water and cook the pasta.

To make the pesto place all the ingredients in the blender and blend together until smooth. If it is too dry then add a little more lemon juice or olive oil.

Heat the olive oil over a medium/low heat. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and stir for 4 minutes. Throw in the artichokes and olives and mix together. Add the pasta and stir through several large tablespoons of the pesto.

Serve with a dollop of pesto on top.


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