This is my Monday dinner. It took only 30 minutes to make and about 10 to enjoy but every time I think about it I want to have another bowl. It was also the first time I made my own pesto sauce. It is really yummy and addictive. Makes 2 servings.
- Spaghetti (I used 1/3-1/2 of a pack for 2 people)
- A pack (200g) of white mushrooms
- A pack (200g) of cherry tomatoes
- Parmesan cheese (to sprinkle, I used 1/3 of a cup)
- Bread crumbs (optional if you like crunchy)
- Pesto sauce (I made it myself)
- 2 cups of fresh basil leafs
- 1/4 of a cup of olive oil
- 2 table spoons of minced garlic (you can put less, I just really like the taste of garlic)
- a bit of red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese
- Put a big pot filled with 3/4 of water on high
- Meanwhile you can make fresh home-made pesto sauce by mixing all ingredients listed for the pesto sauce and blending them into a puree. Once done, set aside
- When you see the water in the pot boil, salt it (2 pinches of salt) and add spaghetti
- Cut mushrooms into small slices and place them on a frying pan, adding a little bit of olive oil and set on medium (don’t put too much olive oil as pesto sauce contains a lot of it already)
- Cut tomatoes in half and add them to a frying pan
- Stir tomatoes and mushrooms until they change colour, then add pesto sauce and stir some more
- I also added about 5 spoons of water from the pot with spaghetti to the frying pan with pesto sauce and mushrooms/tomatoes to make it look more like a sauce and less oily. If you have too much liquid you may add a spoon or two of flour
- When spaghetti is ready, remove water and add it to a frying pan with veggies and pesto sauce and stir everything
- On a separate frying pan, pour a little bit of olive oil (1-2 tea spoons) and add some bread crumbs (I tore one slice of white bread into small pieces). You can add a little bit of minced garlic or Parmesan cheese to it, and fry them for about 2 minutes until crumbs turn golden in colour. These things are called “poor man’s bread” and used in restaurants to replace cheese (and I think they taste even better with cheese)
- Now it is my favourite part – presentation. Using 2 big spoons/spatula, place pasta in 2 pasta bowls (or more, depending how many servings you want to have). Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, poor man’s bread (#9) and freshly grounded black pepper. Enjoy!
- If you like to add some protein, both chicken or shrimp will taste great in this kind of pasta.