Hey there, long time no see, right?
I got a recipe for ya this morning, and I hope you try to make it soon!
Pesto is pretty awesome, and I happen to love pesto of all shapes and sizes. Obviously traditional pesto is great. Spinach pesto? Yum! Sun-dried tomato pesto? Fabulous! Basically, if a pasta dish has the word ‘pesto’ in it, I’m game. Today, we have
Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
This is a favorite recipe because you can pull together the pesto in the amount of time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta. Super easy. Super tasty. The perfect dinner for one.
Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
1 red pepper, roasted
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream
Start by adding a parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, prepared pesto, salt, pepper, and red pepper to the bowl of a food processor* and combine in short pulses. Thin with olive oil if necessary.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water. Return pasta to large pot, add 2-3 tablespoons of pesto, and stir to combine. Stir in heavy cream for a creamy consistency. Add more pesto, cream, and pasta water until you get desired consistency.
Top with grated parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
*You can also use an immersion blender, so just add ingredients to a mixing bowl.