Garden Veggie Linguine with Cilantro Pesto
I don't know about you, but I am wishing I was on vacation in Italy right about now...
So here is a recipe that I have been making to make me feel like I am eating some delicious Italian cuisine!!
It is colorful and adds the perfect amount of fun to your summer meal plans :-)
8 ounces dry linguine or fettuccine
8 ounces baby zucchini, halved lengthwise, or 1 small zucchini, sliced
8 ounces peeled fresh baby carrots, halved
2 seedless oranges
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon minced garlic or dried garlic (optional)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Cilantro and/or finely shredded orange peel (optional)
Cook pasta according to package directions, adding zucchini and carrots the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Drain; reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Return pasta to pan.
For pesto, peel and quarter one orange. In a food processor combine orange quarters, olive oil, the 1 cup cilantro, the reserved pasta water, salt, dry mustard, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Peel and chop remaining orange. Toss together pasta, pesto, and chopped orange. If desired, top with additional cilantro and orange peel.
This meal only takes roughly 30 minutes to make, serves about 4 people, and the vegetables in the ingredients are flexible to your liking, so spice in up in any way that you would like :-)
Share with me any great summer recipes I could make for me and my family!! I am all about trying new things, and always encouraging my sweet girls to try new things too!