Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Brown rice pasta with pesto

I'm trying to change the way we eat... it's been pretty good so far. Today, I made brown rice pasta for the first time. It's really delicious and much healthier to eat that wheat pasta. I included some of Trader Joe's "Chickenless chicken strips", mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, and broccoli.

3 garlic cloves
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 cups of fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
salt to taste

1 cup heavy cream or half & half
1 cup of chopped broccoli
1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes
1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms

1 lb package of brown rice pasta of your choice

-boil pasta according to package instructions and reserve about 2 cups of pasta water.

-In your food processor, combine garlic and pine nuts, pulse a few times. Add basil and pulse, then slowly start to drizzle in the olive oil while the food processor is on, add the cheese and a bit of salt, pulse to combine.
-In the pot you intent to combine everything in, heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, add mushrooms and saute for a few minutes, then add broccoli and sundried tomatoes. Add pesto mixture, and then add a cup of heavy cream. Add about a cup of the pasta water.
-Bring mixture to boil, then add pasta and chickenless chicken. Heat through and serve!

Enjoy with some freshly ground black pepper and an extra sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

1 comment:

Leila said...

What brand of brown rice pasta did you use and do you prepare it according to the box instructions? I've tried it a couple of times before and the pasta gets very soft and doesn't hold up well.