The Pesto Sauce:
1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese
3 cloves of grated garlic
2 cups of Italian Basil
1/2 cup of Italian Parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
Notes: I use walnuts in this pesto because they are frankly a lot less expensive than pine nuts. I always have walnuts in my freezer. If you prefer, you can substitute pine nuts.
Directions: Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor until it forms a thick sauce.
To make the Dinosaur Pasta:
1lb of any shape pasta
1 cup of starchy pasta water (reserved from boiling the pasta)
red pepper flakes (to taste)
1/2 frozen spinach
salt and pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup of cream or half and half
Pesto sauce from above recipe (as much as you like, I used all of it)
Boil pasta until el dente in salted water. I used Rigatoni. Save 1 cup of the starchy pasta water to help make your Pesto Sauce. In a large pan, heat the pesto on medium heat. Then add some red pepper flakes (to taste). Next add 1/2lb of frozen spinach and cook until heated well. Finally add your cup of starchy cooking water (I used it to rinse out the food processor that I made the Pesto in first) and 1/2 cup of cream or half and half. Make the sauce and taste for seasoning. Toss with the pasta.
Serve 4-6 people. Enjoy