Valentine’s Day yummy-ness

Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day, whether you celebrated it with a loved one, or just took the time to treat yourself to something nice. I ended up making dinner at home for my sweetie and I. I decided to keep things simple. Who really wants to be running around trying to make something complicated when you are dressed nice and supposed to be spending time with the one you love? I sure didn’t.

I figured pasta was the way to go. Pasta is something that can be meatless, without a meat eater missing the meat. Pesto is one of my favorite things to eat on pasta because it is packed full of flavor. With a couple whirls of the food processor, dinner is pretty much served. And what is pasta without some bread to sop up all the left over sauce? Here is the recipe I used from Smitten Kitchen.

Linguine with Tomato-Almond Pesto (Pesto Trapenese)

Based off the recipe by Smitten Kitchen

  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 large handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 to 2 large garlic cloves
  • Several sprinkles of sea salt
  • 6 ripe plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino or Parmesan
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound linguine
In a large skillet, sauté the almonds in a little olive oil until toasted. Let cool, then blend them in a food processor or blender until they are in coarse pieces. Scoop them out of the processor and set them aside.
Put the tomatoes, basil, garlic and a few pinches of sea salt into the food processor and chop. Add the almonds back to the food processor (keeping them separate will keep them from getting too finely chopped as you get the basil and garlic to the right texture). Add cheese and olive oil and whirl briefly. Season it with freshly ground black pepper.
Cook your linguine until it is al dente and could use another minute of cooking time and drain. Immediately toss the hot linguine with the pesto and mix quickly so that it drinks the sauce up. Serve with some bread to sop up any extra sauce.
Not to brag but here are some pictures of my awesome Valentine’s Day present. I love you Rob! Oh and I made Lemon Bars for dessert. I will post the recipe soon!

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