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Fettuccine with Arugula Pesto

Serves 4


1/4 pound arugula, stemmed, rinsed and dried (approximately 4 cups) 

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

4 teaspoons Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus extra to pass at table

3 tablespoons sliced almonds

1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

1/2 pound green beans, stemmed, cut in half

1 cup peas

1/2 pound fettucine

4 to 5 dried plum tomatoes in olive oil, drained and cut into small pieces




Place the arugula and coarse salt in a food processor and process for a few seconds then add 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and process again for a few seconds. Add the cheese and almonds and process adding the remaining olive oil through the feed tube until a pesto sauce consistency is obtained. Stir in the hot pepper flakes.

Cover and refrigerate for future use or transfer to a pasta bowl if cooking the fettucine right away.

Cook the beans and fettucine in 2 quarts of rapidly boiling salted water until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the cooking water and combine the fettucine, beans and water with the pesto; add the raw peas and mix well. Add the tomatoes and mix again. Serve immediately and pass extra cheese on the side.

This recipe is featured on show 2311 - Pasta as You Like It.


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