tastecollectiv Pesto Sauce with Pasta with Fresh Asparagus!

on Wednesday, 06 April 2016.

I COULD EAT IT BY THE SPOONFUL NEVERMIND COOK WITH IT!

This ‘Pesto is the Besto' and I wouldn’t say that lightly!  I have been making my own fresh pesto for years as I did not believe a decent one could be shop bought but it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind isn’t it?!

 

Clean and textured as it should be, strong notes of creamy pecorino, soft grainy pine nuts, sweet fresh basil carried beautifully by the fruity extra virgin olive oil.

 

The ‘Pesto Besto' in question is being made by Victoria and Mark of tastecollectiv who are to launch their new company at the Good Food Show, Harrogate, 8-10th April, i.e. this Friday!

 

 See information on purchasing tickets below.

 

They will also be launching a Romesco,  a nut and red pepper-based sauce originally from Northeastern Spain which is traditionally eaten with fish.  I haven’t had the chance to cook with it yet but have spread some on crusty bread.  It is also fresh and flavoursome but if I had to choose one it would be the pesto I could lick clean off the spoon!

 

WITH THE BRITISH ASPARAGUS SEASON WELL UNDERWAY, I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT ENJOY MY RECIPE FOR A SIMPLE AND SATISFYING PASTA SALAD, FULL OF SUMMER.

 

 

Pesto Pasta with Fresh Asparagus

The portion below will serve two for supper with crusty bread or 4 as an accompaniment to salmon or chicken.

 

Pesto Pasta with Fresh Asparagus

 

Ingredients

 

200g dried pasta ( I used Trufie)

100g fresh asparagus

tastecollective pesto sauce, about 3-4 tablespoons, enough to coat the pasta

a few shavings of pecorino for garnish if desired

 

 

Seasoning

 

Cook pasta according to the instructions on the packet, drain and set aside in a bowl.

Whilst pasta is cooking bring a small pan of water to the boil, reduce to simmer, add asparagus spears and simmer for 4-5 mins.  Remove from heat, drain and plunge into a bowl of cold water to prevent further cooking.  Leave for a couple of minutes, drain and set aside.

 

Add pesto sauce to cooked pasta and mix thoroughly.

Cut cooled asparagus into bite size pieces and blend through pasta. Garnish with pecorino shavings.

 

 

Asparagus is good for you!

 

Not only is asparagus high in Vitamin A, folic acid and dietary fibre which are believed to play an important role in the fight against cancer, it is low in cholesterol and only a mere 4kcals per average stick.  It is also claimed to boost the libido. Happy Cooking!

 

 

 

 

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