I was asked by the lovely people at Garofalo to try their pasta to review on my blog – and being that pasta is a firm favourite in the yummy household, I was of course happy to!
There is nothing easier to make than good old pasta and pesto and that is one sure-fire way of guaranteeing clean plates all round too with my brood! I’m not sure where I got my pesto recipe from and to be honest, I make it that often that I just bung it all in without much thought but it goes a little something like this:
Clove of garlic, chopped
3 handfuls of fresh basil, chopped
handful of lightly toasted pine nuts
handful of parmesan, grated
Extra virgin olive oil
Squeeze of lemon juice
Sea salt and black pepper to season
First pulse the garlic, pinch of salt and basil leaves in a food processor. Add the pine nuts and pulse again. But if you haven’t got a food processor then you could just as easily use a pestle and mortar. Stir in half of the parmesan then gently add the olive oil to bind the sauce. Season to taste then add most of the remaining cheese. Pour in some more oil until you are happy with taste and consistency but keep adding a bit more cheese or oil until it is just right. I then add a squeeze of lemon juice but this is optional, but I would recommend giving it a try! Simples!
I made the radiatori pasta with pesto and it went down a treat! Although, my 4 year old likened it to eating caterpillars but I’m hoping that she meant because of the shape.. but maybe I will be keeping a better eye on her in the garden from now on just in case!
The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente within just 9 minutes and was absolutely delicious. It is a very distinctive golden pasta and I would definitely buy this again. It was absolutely delicious and definitely gets a huge thumbs up (and clean plates all round!) from us.Look out for Garofalo in your local deli or it is available to buy at Harrods, Waitrose or online at Ocado.