Fusilli with Basil Pesto

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Fusilli with Basil Pesto

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Ingredients

  • 4 C loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 C high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp raw pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Sea salt
  • 1/2 C freshly grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 1/4 C freshly grated pecorino romano
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lb fusilli
  • Reserved pasta water

Instructions

Place the basil in a food processor. Add the olive oil, pine nuts, and garlic cloves. Blend for several minutes or until the pesto reaches a creamy, smooth consistency. Scrape down the sides, add a generous pinch of salt, and blend for another 30 seconds.

In the meantime, bring a pot of water to a boil. Generously salt with sea salt and cook your pasta until al dente. Pour the pesto into a mixing bowl that is large enough to accommodate the pasta as well. Gently fold in the Parmigiano Reggiano, pecorino romano, and softened butter. Taste and season with more sea salt if necessary.

Add the hot pasta directly into the mixing bowl. Stir to coat. Slowly add a little bit of pasta water until you get a creamy sauce coating the pasta. Pour into individual serving bowls.