Monday, June 18, 2012

Pasta of the week: Pasta with mint pesto and peas

Pasta with mint pesto and peas

Hello everybody, how was your weekend?
I had a really stressful Saturday morning, trying to deliver a wedding cake with transit completely cut and not being able to reach the restaurant. It was such a nightmare and, when we finally reached the restaurant, I was shaking and couldn't bring a cake in {*smile}. I didn't have such a stress for a long time.

The rest of the weekend was calm and I had the chance to go through my cookbooks and magazines and noticed that there's almost always the same kind of food catching my eye... pasta!!

So I decided to try a different kind of pasta every week and share the recipe with you. I will use my cookbooks, magazines or invent something by myself and I hope you will like it.

Today I used a recipe of Pasta with Mint Pesto and Peas from Donna Hay Magazine. Added this or that and got the perfect lunch for me.

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Olá a todos, como foi o vosso fim-de-semana?
O meu foi bastante stressante no manhã de sábado, a tentar entregar um bolo de casamento com trânsito completamente cortado e a não ser capaz de chegar ao restaurante. Foi um pesadelo e, quando finalmente chegamos, eu tremia e não conseguia trazer um bolo {*smile}. Não tinha um stress tão grande já há muito tempo.

O resto do fim-de-semana foi calmo e tive hipótese de passar pelos meus livros de receitas e revistas e reparei que há quase sempre o mesmo tipo de comida a tomar a minha atenção... massa!!

Por isso decidi experimentar um tipo diferente de massa todas as semanas e partilhar a receita com vocês. Vou usar os meus livros de receitas, revistas ou inventar algo por mim e espero que gostem.

Hoje usei uma receita de Massa com Pesto de Hortelã e Ervilhas da Donna Hay Magazine. Adicionei isto ou aquilo e consegui o almoço perfeito para mim.

Pasta with mint pesto and peas
Pasta with Mint Pesto and Peas

handful of mint leaves
less than a handful parsley leaves
juice of one lemon
1ts salt
1 garlic clove
1 tbs olive oil (use more if needed)
2 tbs pine nuts
1/4 cup blanched peas

Place the mint and parsley leaves, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth (add more olive oil if needed).
Place the cooked pasta in a pan, add mint pesto, peas and extra mint leaves and mix to combine.
Top with finally grated pecorino to serve.

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Massa com Pesto de Hortelã e Ervilhas

um punhado de folhas de hortelã
menos de um punhado de salsa
sumo de um limão
1 colher de chá de sal
1 dente de alho
1 colher de sopa de azeite (use mais se necessário)
2 colheres de sopa de pinhões
1/4 chávena de ervilhas descascadas

Coloque as folhas de hortelã e salsa, o sumo de limão, alho, azeite, sal e pinhões na tigela de um processador de alimentos e esmague até ficar suave (adicione mais azeite se necessário).
Coloque a massa cozida numa panela, adicione o pesto de hortelã, as ervilhas e as folhas de hortelã extra e misture para combinar.
Finalmente cubra com queijo pecorino ralado, para servir.

23 comments:

  1. Sandra, so happy to have found your blog! I love to experiment with pesto recipes to season a light summer pasta dish, and this one is just perfect as I just bought a small plant of mint! :) Can't wait to try it!

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  2. mmmmmm! looks delicious. it's only 10:30AM and this is making me want lunch NOW!

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  3. Hi Sanda, great looking recipe and I love the large photos too.

    Popping by from BYW2. I'll see you around in class.

    Enjoy your day!

    Lisa

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  4. Been looking for a long time for a nice pasta recipe with peas... and I think I've found it here. Thanks for sharing, looks so delish!!! Glad the weekend ended so well ;-)

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  5. Prekrasne fotografije i odlična kombinacija. I ja volim mentu u jelima. :)

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  6. sada kada je zavrsila skola, imate li u planu prelazak mosta?

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    1. Bili smo u srijedu u tvom kraju..ne znam kad cemo opet

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  7. odličan obrok, i divne fotke!

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  8. Odlično izgleda, fotke baš mame.

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  9. This looks delicious. Im allergic to garlic though.. if I left it out would it really change the flavour do you think? and is the pesto really minty? I can't seem to imagine it at all! My bf would love this dish. I must mail him the link ^_^

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    1. Yes,you don't need to put garlic and pesto is really minty.My 9 years daughter tried and asked immediately if it has mint in it :-)

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  10. oh yes! Im visiting from BYW and your new stalker :p xo

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  11. HI Sanda! Stopping in from the BYW homework forum and so glad I did! Your photos are GORGEOUS and I love the pasta column!
    Best,
    Tami
    PS - Still working on the early stages of my blog and you are a source of inspiration!

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  12. Oh this looks so good! I love making pesto, but I've never made it with mint. This is definitely inspiring me to try it!

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  13. tão simples e eu aqui sem ideias! esta semana tem sido muito à volta do frigorífico e de uma resistência grande em sair de casa à hora de almoço para ir comprar qualquer coisa à mercearia para fazer. portanto era abrir a porta e pensar "ora bem o que é que se pode fazer daqui?!" e claro muita coisa "vegetariana" saiu! para a próxima já sei! parece-me delicioso! beijinhos

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  14. looks really delicious and healthy too!! gorgeous photos too!

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  15. Looks delicious! I'm going to try this. Lovely blog, Sanda :)
    Rhythma (BYW2)

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  16. Looks delicious. I'm going to try this out. Lovely blog, Sanda :)
    Rhythma (BYW2)

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