Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Lemon, Parsley, and Parmesan Pasta

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

This may be the easiest pasta recipe I have ever made.  And, chances are, you already have most of the ingredients needed to make it.  Basically, the recipe makes a pesto using flat leaf parsley instead of basil.

{ recipe from the January 2012 issue of Martha Sterwart Living. See it  here }

- 2 cups flat-leaf parsley leaves, packed
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound fusilli or other short, twisted pasta, such as gemelli
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1.  Make the pesto: In a food processor {or blender}, pulse parsley, garlic, red-pepper flakes, lemon zest, and 1 teaspoon salt until coarsely chopped. With machine running, add oil in a slow, steady stream, processing until blended.

2.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.

3.  Toss pasta with pesto and Parmesan, then with reserved pasta water. Grate more lemon zest over each serving, and season with pepper.  Garnish with lemon slice and parsley leaves, if desired.

What did you cook this week?

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  1. I love italian cooking, especially pasta. It looks great!
    Greetings from Poland

  2. Hi,
    I shared a recipe for grain-free, pan fried wild flounder, an article about why I never eat commercial bread, simple raspberry jam made with three ingredients (no sugar) as well as a giveaway!

  3. Oh wow! I've pinned this, can't wait to make it! Parsley is so much cheaper than basil and I'm all about lemon right now!

  4. We both have lemons on the brain today! Your pasta looks so good and easy to make!

  5. It's so pretty & green! We have a St. Patty's themed potluck coming up at work next month, I think this would be a great option! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for hosting! I just linked up my spaghetti squash primavera. Your pasta looks amazing I'm def adding it to my list of meals to make! P.S I'm your newest follower!

  7. Your lemon, parsley, Parmesan pasta looks refreshing and delish! Thank you for sharing! This is my first time linking up and I am very excited to be here! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful, blessed week :)

  8. how FRESH does this look?! i love simple pasta and i adore your creativity in using parsley rather than basil, especially in the winter months. well done!

  9. Oh, that looks gorgeous! Reminds me of chimichurri -- YUM.

  10. This sounds amazing, Alissa. I love lemon. I'm definitely trying this one.

  11. I think I'm going to have to try this. I love pesto (a deep love), so this variation should be just as good. Thanks for sharing!

  12. yummyyyyyy......now i m craving some delicious fooddd..........

  13. This looks so good and I love the generous use of parsley too! Cannot wait to make you version over mine!


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