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Pesto Penne

on September 10, 2013

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Pesto Penne

Pesto Penne

This could be a side or the main course as it was for us tonight.  We served it with a big ol’ salad and garlic bread.  My kid cook helped me with the salad as well.  He added the veggies after I chopped them.  He also made a “border” out of the tomatoes.  Didn’t he do an amazing job?!?

Very carefully placing each one!

Doesn't it look delicious?!

Doesn’t it look delicious?!

I guess you could also keep your “kid cook” busy for a few by allowing him to lick the pesto spatula…?  I wouldn’t have thought of this, but it didn’t get by him!

Mmm... pesto!

Mmm… pesto!


  • 1 c packed fresh basil
  • ¼ c asiago cheese, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ c walnuts
  • 2 t minced garlic
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • a healthy pinch of salt
  • a few grinds of pepper
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • green onion for garnish


  1. Boil water for pasta and cook as directed on the package.
  2. Combine basil, ¼ c asiago cheese, walnuts, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor.
  3. Turn processor on and drizzle in olive oil until it comes together.  If your food processor does not have a place to drizzle in oil while it’s running, just add 2 tablespoons, process, check it, and add the other tablespoon if needed.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving some of the cooking water.
  5. Combine pasta and pesto.  If you would like the sauce to be smoother, add some of the starchy water in which you cooked the pasta.
  6. Garnish with a sprinkle of asiago and green onion.

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • As you are gathering ingredients, have him arrange the basil leaves from largest to smallest and/or put them in piles of small, medium, and large.
  • Have him push the processor buttons.
  • Have him sprinkle on the cheese and onions for garnish.

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