Fresh Pizza Pasta

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Though not the original name for this recipe, the aroma coming from the kitchen earned it a new name. “It smells like Margherita Pizza!” they said, and my children were correct. It’s a really quick dish to cook, and the fresh flavors make a delicious summer supper. If you want to serve it on another night, cooked chicken or shrimp would make a delightful addition.

"Meatless Friday: Fresh Pizza Pasta" by Barbara Stein (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Barbara Stein. All rights reserved.

Fresh Pizza Pasta

1 lb. linguine
kosher salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
recipe of fresh pesto (recipe below)
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces

Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving two cups of pasta water before draining. In same pasta pot, heat olive oil. Add tomatoes and cook for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.

Add pasta, pesto, and enough pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, to make a nice sauce. Pour into serving bowl and add bits of fresh mozzarella. Toss well and serve with crusty bread, and a salad or cooked green vegetable.

 

Fresh Pesto

4 ounces shredded Parmesan
1-1/2 cups loosely packed basil
1-1/2 cups loosely-packed Italian parsley
1/4 cup shopped chives
1/3 cup olive oil
1 T. fresh lemon juice
kosher salt to taste

 

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Copyright 2017 Barbara Stein

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Barbara is a Catholic wife of 31 years and mother to four children, and a daughter-in-law, living in central Ohio. A former homeschooler, now owner of an Etsy shops, and part-time administrative assistant, she enjoys spending her spare time praying, cooking, knitting, sewing, quilting, making rosaries, and reading. Barbara loves our Church and living the liturgical year, celebrating the lives of great saints, and cooking for their feast days and holy days. Visit her blog, prayingforgrace.blogspot.com and her Etsy Shop, Mary Devotions.

2 Comments

  1. This sounds delicious. I’ve never made pesto before. Can you elaborate on what I need to do with the ingredients for the pesto recipe? Do I cook it? Just put everything in the pot with the pasta at the end? Thank you!

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