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Fusilli with Garlic Pesto

Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Start to Finish 35 mins
Fusilli with Garlic Pesto
  • 15  cloves  garlic, peeled
  • 1/3  cup  lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1  pound  dried fusilli, gemelli, or tagliatelle pasta
  • 1/2  cup  olive oil
  • 1/3  cup  pine nuts, toasted
  • 2  tablespoons  finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese (1/2 ounce)
  • 3/4  teaspoon  sea salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  cup  small fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4  cup  finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese (1 ounce)

1. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, cook garlic cloves in a large amount of boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic to a blender. Add the 1/3 cup basil leaves to the boiling water and cook for 5 seconds; remove with slotted spoon and drain well on paper towels. (Do not drain boiling water.) Add basil to blender.

2. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Before draining pasta, remove 1/2 cup of the hot cooking water and set aside. Drain pasta; return to Dutch oven.

3. Meanwhile, for pesto: Add oil, 2 tablespoons of the pine nuts, the 2 tablespoons cheese, the salt, and pepper to blender. Cover and blend until nearly smooth (pesto will be thin).

4. Add pesto to cooked pasta; toss gently to coat. If necessary, toss in enough of the reserved cooking water to help coat the pasta evenly with pesto. Transfer pasta mixture to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the 1 cup basil leaves, the 1/4 cup cheese, and the remaining pine nuts. Serve immediately.* Makes 6 to 8 servings.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • The fresh basil leaves will darken if left on top of the hot pasta too long. To avoid this, serve the pasta right after adding the basil.
Nutrition Facts (Fusilli with Garlic Pesto)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 524,
  • Fat, total (g) 26,
  • chol. (mg) 5,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 61,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 15,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 5,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 13,
  • sodium (mg) 264,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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