Saint Paddy's Pesto Pasta

posted on: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The only thing Saint Paddy about this pasta is that it's green. I made it a couple days ago and it is easy enough to make again on Saint Patrick's day to call myself festive.

Pesto Pasta
yields 6 servings
  • 1 package bow-tie pasta 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 6 ounce package frozen chopped spinach (defrost and then squeeze dry) 
  • 1  freshly squeezed lime
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 1 cup frozen peas (defrosted)
  • 1/3 cup toasted pignolis
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook the bow ties in a large pot for 10-12 minutes, until al dente. 
  2. Drain and toss the pasta with the olive oil.
  3. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree the pesto, spinach, lemon juice and mayonnaise.
  4. Add the pesto mixture to the cooled pasta.
  5. Add the Parmesan cheese, peas, and pignolis. Mix well and season to taste.
  6. Serve at room temperature.


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  2. If you wrote a cook book, I would totally buy it!

  3. that is the nicest thing I have heard since my husband proposed to me.

    You made my day!

  4. Did I tell you I get to teach Food Service next year? I think it involves some cooking... :)
    We'll have to cook something St. Paddy's when we're in NYC. YES!

  5. Well its a true story :)
    I love your recipes, they are always so creative and everything always looks so yummy, and kudos on the photography as well for all of your blogs!

  6. I am also fond of pasta with pesto sauce but this is much better than regular thanks to your spinach and pea addition. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I make something very similar but instead of peas, I add in dried tomatoes that have been rehydrated. I love your addition of the peas. Innovative for St. Patrick's Day:)

  8. I like the use of spinach in this pesto. Yummy. Happy St. Patty's day to you and your beautiful family! The baby is getting big! - mary

  9. I am SO drooling. Thank you for sharing.


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