Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta with all the trimmings

Pesto Pasta with all the trimmings

Pesto

  • 50gms basil (rocket also works well)
  • 30gms Cashews – pine nuts are better but more expensive, it’s up to you, walnuts also work
  • 30gms Garlic infused Olive oil
  • 30gms grated Parmesan (any hard italian cheese,e.g. gran padano)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients in a liquidiser and zizz untill smooth.  Can be stored for weeks in a sealed jar as long as the sauce has a slick of oil over the top.

If you have the pesto already prepared this is a really quick meal (see also, ‘Shortcut:’ below)

Reduce the quantities below by half for starter.

Pasta

  • 200gms gluten-free pasta
  • 20gms grated parmesan
  • 12 black olives (optional)
  • 1tbspn toasted pine nuts (optional)
  • chopped bacon/ham to taste (optional)

Put the pasta into boiling water cook according to the instructions on the packet – different brands vary (better still keep testing until al dente since gluten-free pasta crosses from cooked to slimy and soggy quicker than ordinary pasta. We find that about 9 mins works well.

Drain and put back into the saucepan on a low heat, swirl around to get rid of excess water. Add pesto – how much? I don’t think there is such a thing as too much so it’s up to you. Add the chopped black olives if using them and then stir around to mix in and warm up.

Serve topped with the parmesan, then, if using, sprinkle with chopped bacon, then, if using, the pine nuts and finally garnish with a basil leaf or two.

FODMAPS: The garlic infused olive oil is a life saver, I so miss garlic. Apparently diy garlic infused olive oil is not FODMAPS safe but I would like to test this, I will return! Gluten free pasta in packets is a god send too. Personally I’d love to be able to make fresh gluten pasta and I will but it needs experimentation.

Shortcut: Most retail jars of Pesto contain garlic. I have searched high and low and eventually found Morrison’s (in the UK) Basic Pesto, the absolute cheapest but it doest not mention garlic on the list of ingredients (flavouring yes, which sometimes contains FODMAPS problem ingredients albeit in fairly trace amounts). Anyway, we have found this to not cause Delia a problem and consequently we by a half-dozen jars whenever we pass a Morrison’s.

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