Pasta is one of my go-to dinner dishes. Why? It’s quick, easy, and leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day. One of my favorite ways to serve pasta is with pesto. While I do love a traditional basil pesto, I make it out of a lot of other things. I’ve learned that pretty much anything green and leafy can be made into a pesto. Beet greens, radish tops, kale, cilantro – use your imagination. Add some cherry tomatoes and peas to the mix and you have a fast and nutritious meal!
This dinner recipe uses garlic scape pesto, one of my favorites. Extra pesto can be stored in the fridge for up to a week (although it never lasts that long in my house). Add a little bit of olive oil to the top of the pesto to prevent it from oxidizing and store in an airtight container. You can add it to steamed vegetables, spread it on crackers, or your favorite sandwich. Pesto freezes well, either in bulk or portioned in ice cube trays.
Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto
4 cups dry whole wheat rotini (or other favorite pasta*)
1/4 cup garlic scape pesto (see ingredients below)
2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
2 cup garden peas
Freshly grated parmesan, to taste
1 cup garlic scapes, chopped (about 10-12 scapes)
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil (more if desired)
- Cook pasta according to package instructions.
- While the pasta is cooking, make the pesto. Add the garlic scapes, walnuts, and parmesan cheese to the bowl of a food processor or blender and process until finely chopped. You may need to stop the motor and scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil until the desired thickness is reached. You may need to add more than 1/4 cup of olive oil.
- Drain the pasta, return to pot, and add 1/4 cup of garlic pesto and stir until evenly distributed.
- Mix in the tomatoes and garden peas, serve, and top with freshly grated parmesan.
*If you decide to substitute the rotini for another type of pasta, you will have to adjust the amount of dry pasta accordingly. You can find a serving size guide here.
What’s your favorite pasta dish?