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Minty Pasta Salad with Lamb

Makes: 6 servings
Prep 20 mins Chill 2 hrs Grill 10 mins
Minty Pasta Salad with Lamb
Ingredients
  • 5  ounces  dried fettuccine
  • 1  tablespoon  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1  teaspoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1  Mint Herb Pesto, below
  • 12  small lamb double rib chops
  • 3  cups  arugula
  • 1  cup  fresh mint leaves
  •  Pine nuts, toasted
Directions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse; drain. Transfer to bowl; toss with oil and lemon peel. Prepare Mint-Herb Pesto. Add to pasta; toss. Set aside. (Pasta may be chilled up to 24 hours.)

2. Meanwhile, sprinkle lamb lightly with salt and pepper. For a charcoal grill, place chops on rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, 10 minutes (145 degrees F for medium-rare), turning once. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place chops on rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)

3. Toss pasta with arugula and mint. Top with grilled chops; sprinkle with pine nuts. Makes 6 servings.

Mint-Herb Pesto
Cook 40 mins to 47 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup  lightly packed argula
  • 1/2  cup  lightly packed mint
  • 1/2  cup  lightly packed basil
  • 1/4  cup  extra virgin olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  toasted pine nuts
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 2  cloves  minced garlic
  • 1/4  cup  shredded pecorino cheese
  • 1/2  teaspoon  crushed red pepper
  •  salt and pepper
  •  
Directions

1. In blender or food processor combine arugula, mint, basil, olive oil, pine nuts, lemon juice, and garlic. Cover; blend or process until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Add the pecorino cheese and crushed red pepper. Cover; blend or process until just combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (Minty Pasta Salad with Lamb)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 365,
  • Fat, total (g) 22,
  • chol. (mg) 53,
  • sat. fat (g) 5,
  • carb. (g) 21,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 12,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • sugar (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 21,
  • vit. A (IU) 486,
  • vit. C (mg) 7,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 6,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 113,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 2,
  • sodium (mg) 218,
  • Potassium (mg) 434,
  • calcium (mg) 141,
  • iron (mg) 5,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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