One Great Pasta!!!

by Michelle on June 24, 2008

I’ve been craving pasta lately. I mean I could easily eat pasta 2-3 times a day. And I made one of the best dishes last night! I know, I know that I use the word “best” way too much. But honestly this pasta was SOooooooo good and such an easy, perfect dish for summer. If you’ve never made one of my savory recipes, this is the one to make.

I used Cannolicchi shaped pasta for this dish. Cannolicchi is not easy to find but if you do make sure to stock up with a few bags! It holds pesto type sauces so well and it’s much easier for children to eat then the long thin linguine type pastas.

Arugula Pesto
Recipe developed in the kitchen of Big-Black-Dog

2-3 c. fresh, baby Arugula
4 cloves of Garlic
1 c. fresh Basil leaves
1/4 c. Pine Nuts
1/4 c. Pecans
1/4 c. grated Parmesan
1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp Anchovy Paste
Freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

4-5 green onions, chopped including the tops. Save some of the green tops for garnish.

1 lb pasta
6-8 sun dried tomatoes, 1/4″ slices
Salt to taste

Put the first 9 ingredients in your food processor and process until smooth. If it’s too thick just add a little bit more olive oil. Mix in the onions. Taste before adding any salt.

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Put pasta in a large bowl and add the pesto and gently toss until each piece is lightly coated with pesto. Add sliced dried tomatoes and toss again. Plate, garnish with some green onion tops. Serve warm. DE-LICIOUS!

Although we planted our garden and it’s doing wonderfully, so far only herbs are available and I did use my own basil in my pasta. How I love to just walk out behind our barns and pick my own herbs. My arugula pasta is my entry in the Grow Your Own #11 hosted by Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes.

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  • Lucy..♥ June 24, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    WOW! Truly a “GREAT” pasta dish there!! YUMMY!And…. did Joe get a taste???? 😉

  • Carmen June 24, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    compliments

  • giz June 24, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Pesto and sun dried tomatoes work for me no matter what they’re in. This looks spectacular.

  • OhioMom June 24, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I will join you in saying I can eat pasta just about every day :) This dish looks really delish !

  • Andrea Meyers (Grow Your Own) July 6, 2008 at 12:59 am

    My husband would also eat pasta for every meal! We make pesto with our basil each summer, too, and I love that smell when it all gets mixed together. Your pasta looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your lovely dish with Grow Your Own!

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies July 8, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Hi, I am back to look at your oven, I mean your GYO submission. I could also eat pasta for every meal. Your pesto looks great, I like the addition of the pecans. Great work!

  • african vanielje July 12, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    That’s got to be one of my all time perfect dishes as well. Anchovy paste would be good, but I like the crunch of a little maldon salt on the final dish.

  • Theresa July 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I just love arugula and how it tastes. I’m going to give this a try!

  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme March 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Looks like the absolute perfect Spring pasta recipe! Love it. What kind of pasta is that? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that shape before.

    • Michelle March 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Lana,

      That’s Cannolicchi Pasta and it’s one of my favorites although it’s not easy to find. But keep your eye out for some and stock up when you do find it. It’s a great pasta shape for thin or pesto type sauces and children have no problems eating this shape!

      Michelle

  • Shelby March 31, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I crave pasta all the time! This looks delicious!

  • deeba April 2, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Burst of freshness. I love the GYO entries. I have a herb atch beginning to look good, but no argula there. Love how good you pasta looks Michelle!

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