Almond-Herb Pesto Pasta with Artichoke and Tomato

August 2009
Almond-Herb Pesto Pasta with Artichoke and Tomato

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound penne rigate pasta
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2/3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano or pecorino-romano cheese (a couple of generous handfuls)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 14 ounce can  artichoke hearts in water, or artichoke bottoms, chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving a ladleful of pasta cooking water.
  2. While the pasta is working, using a food processor, puree the parsley, parmigiano-reggiano, vegetable stock, almonds, tarragon, mint and garlic; season with salt and pepper. With the machine on, drizzle in the EVOO.
  3. In a serving bowl, combine the artichoke hearts and pesto. Add the reserved pasta cooking water, then stir in the pasta and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, season the tomatoes with salt.
  4. Serve the pasta with the tomatoes and ricotta for mixing in.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Mascarello "Santo Stefano di Perno" Dolcetto dAlba 2006 (Italy)
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