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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pasta with Creamy Pesto Sauce

(Pasta tossed with sauce - perfect kid food!)

I went grocery shopping the other day and noticed that prices have spiked. Cereal we used to buy for $4.29 is now $4.99 on sale. Meat and fish are $1 more expensive per pound. Produce prices are inching up too. I didn't buy the cereal...and declared to DH that in an effort to save a little money, we are going to have Meatless Mondays (and maybe Wednesdays too). At the very least, it will get the girls to expand their horizons a little more.

This week's first meatless entree is pasta with a creamy pesto sauce. I've wanted to "beef up" our pesto for awhile now - since going nut-free it's been thin (just herbs, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper), which is fine for pizza but leaves something to be desired with pasta. So I threw in some white beans, which gave the sauce more body and made it creamy (without having to use dairy). The sauce ended up being kid-friendly and the girls really liked it!

Pasta with Creamy Pesto Sauce

8 oz. gluten-free pasta, such as Tinkyada
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 large cloves garlic
2 cups fresh basil, packed
1 cup cooked cannellini beans
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Fresh basil leaves and cracked black pepper to serve

Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. If using Tinkyada, boil the pasta for 1 - 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and cover. Let the pasta sit for 20 minutes, then drain - it will be perfectly cooked. Toss the pasta with a little olive oil if desired.

Meanwhile, saute the onion in 1 tbsp. olive oil until soft. Combine the cooked onion through the pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides once or twice. Adjust lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the pasta with the pesto sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and cracked black pepper, if desired. Serves 4, and there will be sauce left over.


Ina said...

Erin this looks so good! Great idea adding in the beans!

Erin said...

Thanks, Ina!