entwine, May 2011
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Angel Hair Pasta with Trapani-Style Pesto

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  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
Delicate angel hair pasta begs for an easy, elegant sauce. This one is a rustic tomato version of pesto, made quickly in a large bowl with grated fresh, in-season tomatoes, ground almonds instead of pine nuts, and a mix of fresh parsley and basil. Bring it all together with freshly grated Parmesan and olive oil for a light and lively meal that's a perfect pair with chardonnay or pinot grigio.



  1. 1. Set a pot of water for the pasta on high heat and bring to a boil. In a large mixing bowl, grate the tomatoes on a large box grater, leaving behind the skins. Toss the tomatoes together with the ground almonds, basil, parsley, and garlic. Stir in the Parmesan, olive oil, and lemon zest. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Set aside 1 cup sauce.
  2. 2. When the water is boiling, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving one-third cup pasta water, and toss with the remaining sauce. Add the pasta water.
  3. 3. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls, top with the reserved sauce, and garnish with additional freshly grated Parmesan. Serve with crusty bread.