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
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).