Recipe by Baking Nana
"Light, yet full of flavor, this pesto is perfect tossed with hot spaghetti for a quick dinner. It is also excellent as a pizza sauce or smeared on hot French bread. It freezes well to preserve the bounty of summer basil."
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1 (16 ounce) package
Pecorino-Romano cheese, cut into cubes
loosely packed baby spinach leaves
firmly packed basil leaves
Warning! There is an error! My submitted recipe calls for 1/4 cup lemon juice- I have let AR know about it - Hopefully they will be able to correct the published version, in which case I can amend this review. I recommend tossing the pesto with hot pasta so the cheese sort of melts and coats each strand. You might want to reserve a ladle or two of hot pasta water so you can add a little while tossing if you want a saucier dish.
I love lemon and I love garlic, but this recipe had way,way too much garlic and lemon! I tried adding cream. Then I tried adding coconut oil. But it was still too sour and spicy.
I am surprised that we didn't like this more. My family is all over pesto and garlic. For some reason the garlic overpowered our dish- to the point it was spicy, really spicy. And we could hardly taste the lemon. I made this exactly as baking nana suggested. No substitutions. I am not sure what happened but this isn't for us.- update!! Just had the leftovers and this was DELISH.
Just loved this recipe. I used Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and capellini as the pasta. After mixing the pesto with the pasta in the pasta pot I added additional grated Parmigiano and mozzarella. Then replaced the lid and allowed the cheese to soften. Will be making again. Thank you Baking Nana for this recipe.
Dd had recently requested pesto and BN had just mentioned her Warning! on the Buzz so I decided to give this a whirl. I had my head in a good book so I ended up mucking this up...over cooked my pasta a tad, over processed pesto, spinach wasn't really dry enough, not enough lemon juice (so I used all the zest of the one lemon I had.) Still, with my poor execution dd gave 2 thumbs up!
Wonderful! I also used Parmigiano instead of the Romano. My food processor wasn't working right, so I had to use the blender, which made for a smoother sauce than I would've liked, but the flavor is excellent! The little guy helped me make this, and he was eating it by the spoonfuls, lol. I was actually dipping bread in it, and that was delicious...can't wait to try it over the pasta. I make a lot of pesto to freeze in the summer, and this is definitely going to be one recipes that I will use~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)
Love the addition of the lemon!!!
We added 3 pan fried chicken breasts to this recipe. It seemed a little dry before we served it so we deglazed the chicken pan with a little water and added that until it was the right consistency (in lieu of using the pasta water like you would if keeping this recipe vegetarian.) I think we will increase the amount of pesto by about 50% next time since we like our pasta saucy.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Light Lemon Pesto Pasta
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 155
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