TOMATO PEARL PASTA WITH FRIED SPINACH


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Why I Love This Recipe

This pesto recipe is a little more traditional. Always make sure your basil is beautiful and green. Never use the stems in making a pesto as this will discolor your pesto and make it brown.

Pearl pasta is sometimes called Israeli couscous and can be found in most ethnic markets.

Putting the tomato sauce and the fried spinach as a topping is a very delicious combination of flavors. Try for yourself and see.


Ingredients You'll Need

Pesto:
2 fresh garlic cloves
½ cup pine nuts
2 cups Fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ cup olive oil
1½ cups fresh grated Parmesan cheese
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Tomato Sauce - See recipe in Sauces and Dressings
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½ cup Pearl Pasta – this recipe makes 1½ cups pasta. You may freeze unused portion and use another time:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 shallots, diced
1/2 cup pearl pasta
1 cup Chicken Stock - see recipe in Sauces and Dressings
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 recipe – see above
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
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2 Shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ripe tomato, chopped
½ cup Tomato Sauce – see recipe in Sauces and Dressings
1¼ cups Chicken Stock – see recipe in Sauces and Dressings
Sea salt to taste
Dash crushed red pepper
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Fried Spinach Chips
36 baby spinach leaves washed and thoroughly dried
1 cup non-gmo canola oil
Sea salt to taste

Prepare Chicken Stock and set aside.


Directions

Prepare Chicken Stock and set aside.


For Pesto, in work bowl of food processor, finely chop garlic and pine nuts. Add basil leaves and process until all ingredients are pureed. Add salt and olive oil until very green. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Store in container in refrigerator until ready to use. Serve at room temperature.


Prepare Tomato Sauce accordingly.


For Pearl Pasta, heat olive oil in a small saucepan. Sauté shallots until translucent. Add pearl pasta and sauté a few minutes more. Add reserved Chicken Stock, water, and salt; bring to boil and then reduce heat. Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Stir in Pesto, and then stir in Parmesan cheese, and lastly butter. Set aside.


Make tomato sauce, use around pearl pasta


For fried spinach, heat canola oil in pan to 325 degrees. Add spinach and fry until translucent and crisp. Drain on paper towel and season with sea salt. Reserve,


Divide pasta among plates. Brush plate with tomato sauce and garnish with spinach leaves. Serve and enjoy!


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