I absolutely love a good pesto pasta recipe. There are so many variations available. It is easy to make and customizable if you do not have all the ingredients on hand.
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I get asked how I make my pesto so thick every time I post it on instagram. let me tell you, I prefer it thick! Perfecting the consistency is an art, I have been practicing my nut ratio for a few years now and it makes a big difference. If you slowly add olive oil and water in, you will get it the consistency. For this particular recipe I suggest you thin it out just a bit so it covers all the noodles.
Easy Artichoke Pesto Pasta
- 5 ounces of basil (2 big bunches)
- ½ cup pine nuts
- ¼ cup grated pecorino or parmesan
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- ⅛ tbsp salt
- ¼ cup olive oil * you may need extra so keep to the side
- ¼ cup chopped marinated artichoke
- 2 servings of cooked pasta
- 2 cups sliced baby portabello mushrooms
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Place 1/2 of the basil in a food processor. Add the nuts, artichoke, cheese, garlic, and salt and process/blend until the ingredients are finely chopped - do not over blend
- Scrape the sides and blend again until there are no solid pieces of nuts or basil
- Add oil a little at a time. Scrape sides again if needed. Feel free to adjust salt basil or nuts to your liking. Pesto is very forgiving and can be made anyway you prefer.
- Boil water and make pasta. Cook until al dente
- Sauté mushrooms with oil in a sauté pan on the stove. Cook for about 7 minutes or until mushrooms have a nice crisp to them
- Add artichoke pesto into warm noodles, mix well. Add in mushrooms and serve hot. Sprinkle access pecorino over the top.
Q: How long with this artichoke pesto keep? A: About 4 days
Q: My artichoke pesto is too thick, what should I do to thin it out? A: Add a little water or more olive oil and stir in until you reach the desired texture
Q: I am vegan will this artichoke pesto pasta work without the cheese? A: Yes! I have made it several times without the cheese. Just add a pinch more salt to the mix to make up for the cheese.
Q: Can I make this artichoke pesto pasta with zoodles or other veggie style pastas? A: Yes! I love it with zoodles
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