August 2, 2008
Super easy stovetop summer meal
It's the beginning of August - so most of you are sweltering somewhere. Not me, but we are pretending that we are and made an easy stove-top dinner using this week's cherry tomatoes (all of them orange). We saw Lydia make this a week or two ago and couldn't wait for our next batch of cherry tomatoes so that we could replicate it. It's a perfect weeknight meal - it whizzes up in like 5 minutes.
Spaghetti and Pesto Trapanese
1.5 pints of cherry tomatoes
large handful of almonds, slightly toasted (I think walnuts would also be good?)
1 clove garlic
handful of basil leaves
In a food processor - whizz all of these ingredients. I like to put the garlic in first, to be sure it chops up fine. On her show, she added the almonds before the tomatoes, but the recipe I use said to put the tomatoes in first. I don't think it matters. Add the olive oil last in a steady stream - to your taste. Lydia always puts in way too much oil for me!
Toss with spaghetti. Sprinkle with parmesan. Done.
You could also get sneaky-mom and toss in other veg in here, I'm sure. Zucchini? Carrots?