Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Spaghetti with Pea and Garlic Scape Pesto with Mint

The English combination of peas and mint collides with Italian pesto on pasta - and the result is pretty darn good.

There's going to be a lot of spaghetti and linguine showing up on this blog for a while I suspect. We buy our pasta in bulk from Costco, and last time we were there we ended up with 2 4-packs of spaghetti due to accidentally stealing one (don't ask; we did go back and pay for it) and then this week my sweetie came home with 10 more packages of linguine from Liquidation World. We had two packs of pasta in the cupboard already. Sooo, that makes 20 packages or 40 meals worth of pasta in the cupboard. Oh my. I think I had better start contributing to Presto Pasta Nights at Once Upon A Feast. Pronto.

2 servings
20 minutes - 10 minutes prep time

Spaghetti with Peas and Garlic Scape Pesto with Mint
2 cups fresh shelled green peas (1 quart/litre with the pods)
8 garlic scapes
3 to 4 stems of fresh mint leaves
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup grated extra-old Cheddar cheese
extra peas if you like
250 grams spaghetti

Shell the peas.

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil to cook the spaghetti.

Blanch the peas for 2 or 3 minutes. Drain them and puree them with the garlic scapes, the mint leaves stripped from their stems, the crushed peppercorns, the salt and the olive oil.

Grate the cheese.

When the spaghetti is done, drain it and toss it with the pesto and the cheese. Add some extra cooked peas if you like.


Kevin said...

Looks good. I recently tried a similar recipe though it used fava beans rather than peas. I imagine that the sweetness of the peas would make it interesting. I will have to try this.

Ruth Daniels said...

What an absolutely fantastic dish! Thanks so much for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. Sorry for the delay in adding you to the roundup. I've been at the Blogher'07 Conference. But it will be added to the roundup in a few minutes.

Next time I'll do better.

Maggie said...

first time at your site -- like what i see and will return as often as possible! thanks for sharing!