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  • Writer's pictureJessica Larit

Spaghetti with Calabrian Pepper Pesto!

This is by far my new favorite pesto! I was craving a spicy pasta dish and this was amazing!! It is the perfect amount of spice and so fresh and flavorful! It is a great weeknight meal as it can be ready and on the table in 15 minutes! It pairs nice with a crisp white wine. I had mine with Pinot Grigio Santa Margherita.

Homemade Pesto:

-2 full cups of fresh basil leaves (stems removed, basil washed and dried)

-1/3 pine nuts

-4 cloves of garlic

-1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan (I use Locatelli Romano)

-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil light

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon pepper

-5 or 6 Calabrian Peppers (jarred) (stems removed)

-Extra parmesan to garnish

Next Step:

-Put a large pot of water on the stovetop to boil.

-Add a dash of salt to your boiling water and add your pasta. Remember to stir and cook until al dente.

-Make your pesto sauce. In a blender add the basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, olive oil, salt, pepper, and Calabrian peppers. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

-Before you drain your pasta, scoop out 1/2 cup of "pasta" water.

-Drain your pasta.

-Add the pasta back into the same pot.

-Pour the pesto sauce on top and 1/4 cup of pasta water.

-Toss to coat the pasta in the pesto sauce. Add more pasta water if needed.

-Plate the pasta and add extra parmesan on top.

-Serve and ENJOY!!

*For more recipes, please visit my Instagram page @a.sprinkle.of.sweet

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