I made my own pesto, and smug it may sound, but I think it probably was worth it, although time was tight. I spent most of the afternoon at dog boot camp with Fred to find out if he is destined to spend the rest of his life on a lead (fortunately, it seems not) and by the time I got back it was tinme for school pick up. Pink has ballet on a Tuesday at 5, so there’s always an element of juggling that goes on, especially when I’m on a mission – I’d also realised this morning that we had finished the last of the cake and that we needed some more bread, so it was go, go, go this afternoon.Still, as I anticipated, the pasta was well worth it – I mean this is my idea of heaven – carbs, cheese and some green stuff to make you feel better about everything. It was delicious. Pink was a little sniffy – I’d sold the whole dish to her on the basis that it had pasta potatoes and green beans, all of which she loves, and the sauce had basil, pine nuts and parmesan which she also loves. She explained that she would have preferred to have it separate – pasta, potatoes and beans on one side, pesto on the other. Do you remember When Harry met Sally? Pink is ‘on the side’ girl… She had second helpings though.
Bearing in mind I cobbled together 2 recipes, here’s my version:
Serves 4 with enough left over for 1 adult and 1 child to take in packed lunches tomorrow:
Plus: 500g penne pasta; 300g potatoes; 200g dwarf beans; and a handful of stoned green olives, chopped
In the time you have back at home once you’ve let Blue choose some new Famous Five books from the library, and before you need to go back out to collect Pink, put a large pan of well salted water on to boil, weigh out the pasta, slice the potatoes into lengths – I used reasonable size new potatoes so I sliced them in half then half again lengthwise. Hugh says ‘thin chips’ size, and if you have time, top and tail the beans. Turn off the water, dash out to get Pink, dash back.Return the water to the boil, add the pasta and potatoes and boil for 10 mins or so. Top and tail the rest of the beans, then add them to the pasta and potatoes for the last 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain everything, and remove enough pasta to feed Pink for lunch tomorrow. Add the pesto and stir everything around. Serve. Phew!
|leftovers for a lunchbox|