Spaghetti with Radish-Greens Pesto

3Photo Credit: Ashley Cuoco

I must admit: I am a pesto newbie. This was my first shot at it. And, I did not grow up eating it so I didn’t know what to expect as far as taste and texture. Being mostly Italian, I knew it had to be good…a little crunch, a lot of flavor! This autumn version is perfect. Who knew you could eat the greens of a radish? Not me. According to Food & Wine, you can also use beet or turnip greens, or even arugula for a similar outcome (I love arugula, have to try that one next). I was so pleasantly surprised by the final product. It was much less bitter and much more flavorful than I expected. I think the parmesan and the lemon are to thank. My favorite part is getting use of the entire vegetable– no waste! All combined, and topped with crushed pumpkin seeds, this pasta is sure to please this Thanksgiving. We’re almost there!!

Yield: 4 servings — Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Greens from 1 big bunch of radishes (8 loosely packed cups), chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 3/4 cup roasted salted pumpkin seeds (3 ounces), plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. In a food processor, combine the garlic, greens, parsley leaves and the 3/4 cup of pumpkin seeds; pulse until finely chopped. With the machine on, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Stir in the 1 cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the pesto, lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Season with salt and pepper and toss over low heat until coated, about 2 minutes; add more pasta water if a thinner consistency is desired.
  3. Transfer the pasta to bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds and cheese. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine, www.foodandwine.com

2Photo Credit: Ashley Cuoco

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Photo Credit: Ashley Cuoco