A few days ago, I made this easy fresh basil pesto pasta with smoked bacon & courgette. You can make it completely vegan, by using vegan tempeh bacon bits in here! 😉 I had a pot of fresh organic basil in my kitchen & had to use it up. I made a lot of different pestos in the past, some of them, very creative but never the old one, the normal basil pesto. You can read about my home-made red pesto ,about my spinach & rocket leaves pesto & about my coriander & walnut pesto here! So, I invented this lovely easy peasy dinner! 😉 MMM!
Recipe: Enough pesto for 2 persons
* For the basil pesto:
2 medium garlic cloves, peeled & roughly chopped
1 big plant of basil leaves, cleaned, stems removed, roughly chopped
20 grins of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of crushed Maldon sea salt
1/4 cup (25 gr) grated Parmesan
1/4 cup (35 gr) pine nuts
1/4 cup + 1/8 cup (90 ml) of a fruity extra virgin olive oil
* For the rest:
350 gr egg-free dairy-free spelt spaghetti
1 medium courgette, (220 gr) skin washed, pad dry, cut up into thinner rounds & each round cut up into smaller strips
200 gr smoked bacon pieces, Use smoked bacon that is dairy-free.
some sea salt
1. First, make the toasted pine nuts. Place pine nuts in 1 layer in a dry pan & heat up on low-fire. Let the nuts toast without burning them. Often, shake your pan. With your hands & spoon, turn the nuts over for an equal roast. After a few minutes, they will be golden & roasted. Your kitchen will smell amazing! Turn heat off & set aside.
2. Now, make your basil pesto. Take your beloved food processor & place the S-blade in. Add chopped garlic, basil leaves & pine nuts. Add grated Parmesan cheese, 20 grins of black pepper & your sea salt. Pour 60 ml of your fruity evoo in it. Put lid on & pulse a few times or on higher power to mix it more finely. It is up to you! Sometimes, I like a more coarse pesto but sometimes I like it to be more fine. I added 30 ml oil extra so that is 90 ml in total. Taste! You must taste the basil first & then all the rest! It has to be pungent a bit with that raw garlic & that lovely parmesan! I like that my pesto is not to oily. This is the way, I like it! :).
3. In the meantime, cook your spelt spaghetti according to your packet instructions. Rinse well with water. Fry your courgette pieces in that same fruity evoo until browned & cooked through. Season with some sea salt & black pepper. When your courgettes, are nearly ready, push them to one side of a pan. On the other side, fry your smoked bacon pieces until browned & cooked through. I seasoned my bacon with some black pepper. Stir the courgette pieces through the fried bacon. Take your spaghetti & add 3 to 4 tablespoons of your pesto through the hot pasta. Put it into 2 clean pasta plates & top each plate with the smoked bacon-courgette mix! Enjoy! All for he flavours go wonderful together! MMM! 🙂
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