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“Dare to Be Different” Recipe for Passover Zuchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Oven Dried Tomatoes

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“Dare to Be Different” Recipe for Passover Zuchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Oven Dried Tomatoes

3 Comments 17 December 2014


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Zuchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Oven Dried Tomatoes

  • 8 green squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed (divided)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 5 plum tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch
  • thick rounds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • Sugar
  • 2 pounds of Crimini mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Pesto ( see recipe pg 65)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a julienne peeler, peel 8 green squash vertically to make spaghetti.
  2. Sauté 2 cloves garlic in olive oil for 1 minute and add squash. Add salt and pepper and cook on a low flame 5-7 minutes. Close fire and add pesto to squash. If using heavy cream, add it to pesto. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Oven dried tomatoes: Slice tomatoes in rounds and place on tray with olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, crushed garlic and a sprinkle of sugar. Bake uncovered at 300°F for 2½-3 hours.
  4. Roasted mushrooms: Clean Crimini mushrooms with a dry paper towel. Cut off tough stems and slice mushroom in half. Place them on a tray and add pepper, fresh rosemary and olive oil. Roast uncovered at 400°F for 40 minutes. When mushrooms are roasted, remove from oven, add salt and set aside.
  5. Place squash mixture at room temperature around the circumference of a round dish. Leave room in the center and place the mushrooms. Top the squash with oven dried tomatoes and serve.

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Asparagus Pesto by Mark Bittman

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Asparagus Pesto by Mark Bittman

No Comments 09 August 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer entertaining means pulling out pre-made gourmet extras from the freezer, and pesto is usually one of them. Pesto- (meaning paste) is  a no-brainer for pasta, or is great drizzled on sliced  mozarella cheese.  This recipe for asparagus pesto is a fresh twist on pasta-in-tupperware on the beach,  served on veggies as a side dish for barbeque (omit the cheese if serving meat), and as Mark Bittman suggests, you can even spread it on fish.

This recipe is quick in preparation.

Make and freeze in ice cube trays or flatten in baggies in the freezer.

watch the video Here

adapted from the New York Times

RECIPE

Asparagus Pesto

Published: May 7, 2010

Time: 20 minutes

  • Salt
  • 1 pound asparagus, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 2-inch segments
  • 1 clove garlic, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, or more as desired
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste.

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Add the asparagus and cook until fully tender but not mushy, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well, reserving some of the cooking liquid, and let the asparagus cool slightly.

2. Transfer the asparagus to a food processor and add the garlic, pine nuts, 2 tablespoons of the oil, Parmesan, a pinch of salt and a couple of tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Process the mixture, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container if necessary, and gradually add the remaining oil and a bit more of the reserved cooking liquid to moisten if necessary. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste, pulse one last time, and serve over pasta, fish or chicken (or cover and refrigerate for up to a day).

Yield: 4 to 6 servings (about 1 1/2 cups).

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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto- Six Ingredients

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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto- Six Ingredients

No Comments 10 November 2010

Six Ingredients for the New Bride (or tired mom):

My family is not loving  regular pesto made with basil, so I decided to try this recipe by Giada.

Kids and adults loved it this past Shabbat lunch, including my one year old nephew,  who literally – practically,  devoured his plate.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto by Giada De Laurentiis

  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves OR 1/4 cup of prepared basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • toasted pine nuts (optional)

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2  cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, garlic, salt and pepper,pine nuts(optional) to taste, and basil  or pre-made pesto in a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Transfer the tomato mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the Parmesan, or omit to make it pareve.

Add the pasta to the pesto and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve with toasted pine nuts on top.

adapted from Food Network


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