Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pasta with Cilantro Pesto

I couldn't bear the thought of turning on the oven or going to the store.  So I used the ingredients we had in the house to make a pasta based on Erin's Food Files.  I liked it as it was, Niall said next time I should only use one green chili instead of two.


1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1 small yellow onion
2-3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2 Thai green chilies (or one, if you want to keep the spice down), stems and seeds removed
1/4 cup olive oil
salt to taste
~1 pound spaghetti
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Red salsa
Shrimp (optional)

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water.  While pasta is cooking make the pesto.  Blend cilantro, onion, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and chilies in a blender.  Season with salt.

When pasta is done, drain and place in a bowl.  Stir in the pesto.  Garnish with finely grated cheese, salsa and cooked shrimp (if desired).

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