Creamy Pesto

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I'm not sure if its some new trend or just a bit of tunnel vision on my part, but everywhere I look, it seems, I see creamy pesto. My psyche has been inundated with beautiful pictures of pasta laden with Alfredo sauces, cream sauces, and delicious pesto. I decided that I had to have some for myself. I did some playing (and a fair bit of chopping) and came up with this, rotini pasta with a creamy cashew pesto sauce.

Creamy Pesto

Rotini with Creamy Pesto
1 lb pasta shapes, such as rotini or shells
1/4 cup almonds, ground
2 tbs olive oil
4 cups basil leaves (lightly packed), minced
1 cup parsley (lightly packed), minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup cashews, ground
1/2 cup boiling water (reserved from pasta)
1 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 tbs miso
1/2 small lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp salt

For the pesto, chop the herbs very finely. combine with the ground almonds, olive oil and garlic. Stir thoroughly.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, combine the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the boiling water. Add the water to the blender and blend. Pour into the pasta pan with the pasta and heat just until the sauce begins to thicken and remove from heat. Stir in the pesto and serve.

5 Servings: 545 cal (18g fat, 78g carbs, 19g protein)

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  1. That looks delicious, I love pesto!

  2. I love making creamy pesto and this looks delicious. Haven't added almonds before.

  3. Vegetation Says:
  4. Mmmm I love creamy pasta sauces and I definitely love pesto. This looks perfect!

  5. Mary Says:
  6. Sounds delicious! I've noticed a lot of pesto around lately, too. Must be the time of year!

  7. Alisa, I love adding almonds to pesto. They add a heartiness and I think their flavor is perfect.

    Mary, you're probably right. I know, I picked over two of my plants last weekend and I'll have to do the same this weekend. . . before they die =/

  8. Anonymous Says:
  9. This just never gets old. Never. I could eat a variation of this for every meal. Drool.

  10. Sanjana Says:
  11. Okay, now your recipes are making my tummy rumble!


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