TOMATO PESTO ANGEL HAIR

June 26, 2017

What is it about angel hair that is just so much tastier than regular spaghetti? If I have angel hair for a while and then go back to regular, comparatively I’m just like who are these doofuses trying to be in my italian dish? Perhaps needless to say I used angel hair for this out of this world tomato pesto dish that some friends made for us over for dinner one night.

This tomato pesto is now how I like to make pesto when I don’t have the stacks of cash to lay down for pricey basil. And there are walnuts instead of almond which adds a change up of flavor. Eat it! Eat it all!

TOMATO PESTO ANGEL HAIR SPAGHETTITOMATO PESTO ANGEL HAIR
Serves 4

1/4 cup pasta water
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 cup almonds
3/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound angel hair spaghetti, cooked al dente
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
Parmesan

When preparing pasta according to instructions, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water. Pulse tomatoes and almonds in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. Remove 1/3 of mixture and set aside. Add olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and continue to pulse until a smooth pesto forms. Toss al dente pasta with tomato pesto, reserved tomato and almond, and bacon (optional). Add pasta water as needed to loosen sauce. Top with parmesan (generously!).

TOMATO PESTO ANGEL HAIR
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound angel hair spaghetti, cooked al dente
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • Parmesan
Instructions
  1. When preparing pasta according to instructions, reserve ¼ cup pasta water.
  2. Pulse tomatoes and almonds in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. Remove ⅓ of mixture and set aside.
  3. Add olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and continue to pulse until a smooth pesto forms.
  4. Toss al dente pasta with tomato pesto, reserved tomato and almond, and bacon (optional).
  5. Add pasta water as needed to loosen sauce.
  6. Top with parmesan (generously!).

Adapted from Lidia’s Italy.

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Comments

  • Dani

    Omg this was so easy to make and really delicious. I’ve tried a few of your recipes (the slow cooker chicken Ceasar sandwiches are a fav) and not once have you steered me wrong. Thanks!

    • Rachel Schultz

      That’s great! Thanks Dani.

  • Rachel

    Rachel I would very much like to make this but I do have a question before heading to the grocery store: I noticed the recipe is titled Tomato Pesto Angel Hair. The recipe, however, calls for one pound of spaghetti. Did you use spaghetti or angel hair and if you did use angel hair how much?

    • Rachel Schultz

      They can be used interchangeably!

      • Rachel

        Ah thank you!

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