Cristina Cooks: "Lucky" Pesto Pasta



  • 1 small to medium clove Garlic
  • Asparagus
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan
  • ⅓ Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup roasted pine nuts
  • 1 tsp. fresh oregano
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp. black pepper

Cristina's Pesto Recipe:

  1. Chop 1 small to medium clove garlic in a food processor.
  2. Trim 12 oz. asparagus and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Add the asparagus to the processor with ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, ¼ cup roasted pine nuts, 1 tsp. fresh oregano, ¼ kosher salt, and ⅛ tsp. fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Puree to a thick consistency.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

* Refrigerated pesto is good up to 1 week. Pesto is great for using on sandwiches or as a spread.
“Lucky” Pesto Pasta:

  1. Boil Pasta Al Dente.
  2. Trim 1lb. asparagus and cut crosswise into ½ inch pieces, leaving the tips whole.
  3. In large frying pan, combine 2 pressed or minced medium cloves of garlic, ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, ½ tsp kosher salt, and ⅛ tsp. cayenne.
  4. Boil 1 lb. "Lucky" Pasta, 1 cup fresh peas, and asparagus together.
  5. Drain pasta and toss with the pesto.
  6. Garnish with ⅓ cup toasted pine nuts, ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint, and 2 oz. goat cheese.
  7. Add Pancetta.
  8. Add Parmesan cheese.
  9. Add Cream.
  10. Season to taste.
Lucky Pesto Pasta

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