Changing 1 ingredient makes a world of difference

My mother made this recipe the day we celebrated my father’s birthday. Remember? I mentioned how everything was unexpectedly vegetarian, even though we hadn’t planned it – pasta included!

This dish was fresh and tasty, perfectly balanced with the crunchy almonds and sweet slow-baked tomatoes.

Here are the ingredients.

For the pesto:

  • fresh arugula (rocket) salad
  • pine nuts
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • pecorino cheese
  • salt and pepper

For the garnish:

  • fresh arugula (rocket) salad
  • sliced almonds (unsalted, the ones you use for cakes)
  • cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • brown sugar

Start by turning your oven on, low. About 80-100C maximum. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and toss them with the olive oil, salt and brown sugar. Place them on an oven proof plate and bake them until they start drying (about 2-3 hours)

In a blender, add all the ingredients for the pesto. Blend, taste. Taste taste taste until it’s perfect!

Cook the pasta, and toss it with the pesto and the baked tomatoes. Add the fresh arugula at the very end, or else it will wilt with the heat. This pasta can be served warm or cold – we had it cold and it was exceptional. Thank you mummy!


About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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