pasta, pesto, with peas.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

pasta, pesto, with peas

i try to make mass quantities of a favorite dish on sunday so we can eat it for a few days during the week. nothing like leftover leftovers come tuesday.

serve it up with sausage or without. it's a crowd pleaser, folks.

pasta, pesto, with peas
1 box of lumaconi or orecchiette pasta
2 chorizo or andouille chicken sausage links
2-3 dollops of quality pesto
half bag of frozen peas
parmesan reggiano

1. slice the sausages into bite size pieces and lay flat on a sheet pan. bake according to package directions (400F for 20 minutes worked for me) or until the sausage edges are kind of crispy. of course you can cook them in a frying pan but i like to avoid the whole splatter situation.
2. cook the pasta al dente and reserve a cup of the pasta water before straining.
3. in a huge bowl, add the frozen peas (still frozen) and pour the pasta on top. the hot pasta de-thaws the peas perfectly.
4. pour the sausages (and the juicy goodness that comes with) on top of the pasta and toss everything together. add the pasta water and pesto until everything comes to a consistency that you like.
5. finish with fresh pepper and lots of parmesan reggiano.

ps: for a split vegetarian household like mine, just pour the sausage goodness directly on top of the meat-eater's plate. win win.

recipe adapted from real simple.


Briana said...

Looks delicious. And there is nothing like Mon/Tues leftovers. I am currently getting thru Sunday's crockpot meal of Cuban flank steak something-or-other. Yum!

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

yum! we make a similar dish at home with pesto and so so good

Carlie said...

Yum! This sounds and looks delicious! I want to try it!

Rebeka said...

It's 10am here in Seattle and you've got me craving pasta. That looks SO good.

You and your awesome pictures, I blame that.

The Bebebirds said...

Love this recipe! Pasta dinners that can be eaten for days are my go-to...which I'm sure my husband is sick of. This one will definitely be tried next week. Thanks!


Monica L. Shulman said...

this photo is so crisp and amazing. I love the details. And this recipe sounds ridiculously good.

Melissa Blake said...

I want to reach through the screen -- great photo!!!

Lonely Wife Project said...

Leftover pasta is my favorite. I'll have to try this one next Sunday.

Ana Maria Mendez said...

i really like it!
with corn!!!!! ummmm

Shoko said...

Umm, yes. I'd like some right now, please.

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