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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tagliatelle Pasta with Basil Pesto, Anchovy and Tomato

    In this day and age, many people with limited time just stop and get junk food at the closest fast food place.  When I am pressed for time or want to make a quick weeknight dinner, I often cook pasta.  In under 15 minutes a fantastic meal can be made for the whole family.  This healthy dish can almost be made in the same amount of time it takes to go through a drive-thru restaurant window.
Mediterranean flavors combined with silky smooth tagliatelle pasta create a dish unmatched by any greasy fast food restaurant.
   The simplicity and great ingredients in this recipe can make a novice cook seem like they have been cooking for years.  
Freshly made basil pesto infused with garlic, anchovy and fresh cherry tomatoes on a wonderful egg pasta, topped with crushed roasted almonds and freshly grated pecorino romano cheese sounds better than a hamburger and fries....doesn't it?

Ingredients

250 grams tagliatelle egg pasta (fresh or dry)
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
3-4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
4 Tbsp roasted almonds
freshly grated pecorino romano cheese **optional**
salt and pepper to taste

for Pesto
2 cups fresh Basil, stems removed
2 cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp pine nuts
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano reggiano  cheese
4 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

Boil salted water and add pasta.
In a food processor, add basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmigiano cheese and olive oil and pulse until  it resembles a coarse mash.  Set aside.
In a pan on medium heat, add olive oil, 1 smashed garlic clove and chopped anchovies.  Using a wooden spoon, mash the anchovy until it dissolves. cook for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.
Now add the chopped tomatoes and pesto to the anchovy mixture.
When pasta is cooked, add it directly to the pan and toss quickly on high heat for 1 minute.
Serve the pasta immediately. Garnish pasta with fresh grated pecorino cheese and chopped roasted almonds.
It is quick, healthy, flavorful and after one bite, you may never want greasy fast food again.  Enjoy!

For a little added kick, sprinkle with some spicy chili flakes.

7 comments:

Velva said...

Absolutely beautiful! This recipe is proof that with a few simple ingredients you can whip something up at home that is fast, flavorful and delicious. Awesome.
Thanks for sharing.

Cheers.
Velva

Chow and Chatter said...

first class pasta dish and your right you can cook a healthy tasty meal in no time :-)
Rebecca

Bridgett said...

It is not hard to whip up a gorgeous and fresh tasting pasta like this instead of hitting the fast food places. This looks incredible.

Karen said...

Way better than fast food. I love pasta any way, shape or form :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Anchovies can add such depth of flavors to pasta dishes like this one. I love the freshness and simplicity of it. Well done!

Melynda said...

Simply delicious for the mouth and the eyes, thanks.

Louis said...

Wow. That looks delicious. Pesto is actually my favorite pasta. I think it'll taste better if there's anchovy and tomatoes in it.

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