No basil? No problem. You probably have everything you need for homemade pesto using Sheela's any-herb recipe for this pasta dinner.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Carson Downing

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25 mins


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  • Place a rack in top third of oven and preheat broiler. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente.

  • Place radicchio on a rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss. Spread into a single layer and broil until radicchio just begins to wilt and edges are lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, then drain pasta. Return pasta to pot. Add pesto and toss to combine. If needed, add reserved pasta water, a spoonful at a time, to loosen sauce so pasta is evenly coated. (You may not use all the pasta water.) Add radicchio, toss again, and serve garnished with grated Parmesan. Serves 4.

Any Herb Pesto

Place 2 crushed garlic cloves and 1/4 cup toasted nuts or seeds (such as pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pepitas, and/or sesame seeds) into bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times until roughly chopped. Add 2 cups packed tender herb leaves or greens and 1 ice cube - to shock the herbs and prevent browning - and pulse until roughly chopped. Add 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup packed finely grated hard cheese (such as Parmesan, Pecorino, and/or Asiago), 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice, and a big pinch kosher salt. Process until the mixture comes together. Taste and season. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

629 calories; fat 32g; cholesterol 9mg; saturated fat 5g; carbohydrates 71g; mono fat 18g; poly fat 7g; insoluble fiber 4g; sugars 3g; protein 17g; vitamin a 1239.2IU; vitamin c 10.8mg; thiamin 0.8mg; riboflavin 0.4mg; niacin equivalents 6.9mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 26.1mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 274mg; potassium 563mg; calcium 160mg; iron 4.5mg.