Spaghetti with Pesto and some fall appetizers
TV and Film star Debi Mazar (Entourage, Goodfellas) and her Tuscan husband Gabriele Corcos make real home-style Italian classics.
4 cups of Fresh Basil Leaves (about 4 oz)
Rinse well the basil and separate the leaves from the stems.
Grate the cheese.
Peel the garlic.
Open the wine, start sipping.
Combine the basil, the garlic, the pinoli, and the olive oil in a blender.
Blend until paste forms.
If your blender sucks (like mine), youll have to stop often to push down the basil.
If the paste gets too thick, and you already used all the olive oil the recipe calls for, help it by adding a little bit of water (less than 1/2 glass)...
Or go visit Gabrieles blog to enjoy the best and funniest blender on earth!!!
Add the cheese, salt and pepper... blend until smooth.
Keep in the fridge until youre ready to use it... it will prevent it from turning dark.
In a small non stick pan saute the pinoli you have set aside, when brown remove them from the pan and cool them on a plate.
Cook your pasta...and please, cook it well !!!
Grab a half cup of boiling water and set it aside into a cup.
When ready, drain it, and pour it in a bowl, add the pesto and start stirring the sauce; use the hot water, adding very little at the time, to help the pesto dissolve around the pasta.
Serve garnished with some grated parmesan or pecorino (just a touch), fresh ground pepper and a sprinkle of olive oil.
Add the toasted pinoli on top.
You are ready to go!
Debi and Gabriele
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