Wednesday, September 3, 2008

SMOKY ALMOND PESTO

~ While the Pasta Cooks: 100 Sauces So Easy You Can Prepare the Sauce in the Time It Takes to Cook the Pasta, written by Andrew Schloss

1 lb. pasta, any shape
1 clove garlic
1/3 c. smokehouse almonds
1 small bunch basil leaves (about 2 c.), washed and dried
6 T. olive oil
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and stir a few times to ensure that the pasta does not stick to itself. Boil vigorously for the time recommended on the pasta package or until the pasta is tender.

While the pasta cooks, finely chop the garlic, almonds, and basil with a knife or in a food processor or blender. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and stir in the oil, cheese, salt and pepper. Drain the pasta and toss it in the bowl with the pesto.

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