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Chitarrina with Basil Pesto

Recipe: Chitarrina with Basil Pesto

Un Posto Italiano Chitarrina with Basil Pesto

A classic pasta recipe made with the best quality ingredients.
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  • When most people think of “pesto”, they’re thinking of Pesto Genovese, a sauce based in the holy trinity of basil, garlic, and salty Italian cheese. Originating from the City of Genoa, in the province of Liguria, Italy, this sauce has become a mainstay in America thanks to its punchy flavors and it’s perfect pairing with great pasta. For our recipe, we’re using the handmade, fresh Chitarrina from Un Posto Italiano, which has a fantastic flavor and texture from re-milled semola flour it's made from. Just keep an eye on it while it’s cooking -- unlike dried pasta, the fresh stuff cooks in just a matter of a few minutes. Take the pristine base of fresh pasta and add to it a vibrant pesto made with the best ingredients, like cheeses and olive oil both directly from Italy, and you have a dinner fit for even the most discerning Italian (or family member).

    Un Posto Italiano Chitarrina with Basil Pesto
    A classic pasta recipe made with the best quality ingredients.
    • Prep Time : 5 min.
    • Cook Time : 10 min.
    • Total Time : 15 min.
    • Serves 2

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
    2. While water is boiling, blend basil, oil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor into a smooth paste.
    3. Add cheeses and salt to taste and process to combine. Set pesto aside in a large bowl.
    4. Add pasta to the water, and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
    5. Using tongs, transfer pasta from water directly to bowl with the pesto, bringing a little of the pasta water along with it.
    6. Mix to combine and divide among bowls. Top with more grated Parmigiano Reggiano and serve.

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