2008 has begun very hot and fine for us. Not so for some of my Australian friends with storms and floods . Also we see on TV some USA states are having heavy snow storms. So I better not complain of having to work in the heat.I do come in ( from Kiwifruit thinning ) feeling very tired and don't dare sit down but rather go straight to making dinner while I'm still standing. At a loss as to what to make tonight I decided to make my favourite pasta.
It doesn't have another name , but is very versatile. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand.Broccoli is good but tonight as we had fresh peas and green beans straight from our garden I used those.The pesto we use we also make ourselves when the basil is ready and freeze jars and jars of it - enough to last all year. commercial pesto would be fine but the consistency varies so don't make it all too runny. Right here's the recipe.
Ali's Favourite Pasta. ( serves 4 )
1 whole packet ( 500 gms ) of large spiral pasta.
4 slices of bacon
1 med head of broccoli ( in florets )
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive or avocado oil
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup firm rich pesto ( or similar )
1. Put a very large pot of water to boil.
2. Empty the pasta in when water is on a rolling boil and time it for 8 mins.( stirring occasionally )
3. While that is cooking steam or microwave the green veges, to how you like them.
4.At the same time microwave between paper towels ( or fry ) the bacon till crisp.
5. Mix the lemon juice and oil, and balsamic together ready to pour on.
6.When the pasta is cooked drain it then mix in the pesto while the pasta is still hot to distribute it. Then mix in the other liquid and the veges. Cut or crumble in the bacon.
Serve in deep bowls, add ground Black pepper to your taste. ( I added some sliced black olives too ) Enjoy!