Oh my goodness—this pasta sauce is SOOO good! I have been excited to share it with you! My friend Jen introduced me to Pasta Alla Trapenese when she served it a luncheon at her house. She had told me about it when we were talking about our favorite vegetarian meals so I was thrilled when she brought it to the table. It was just a wonderful as she said it was! It is packed with flavor and SO delicious. In fact, now that I look at these pictures, I can see I was a bit stingy with the sauce. She loaded it on. I wanted to make sure I had enough for another meal. I love that this dish comes together fast (thanks to the food processor), is vegetarian, and tastes incredible! You could, of course add grilled chicken or pork tenderloin or steak. I love a quick and easy dinner that tastes like you are serving take out from a fancy Italian place!
How are you enjoying your Spring? It is so beautiful here in Tennessee with all the fresh leaves and blossoms. I love it! I am headed to Utah in about a week for BYU Women’s Conference and to hang out with my sisters and brother. Are any of you going? I am so excited!
Well, I hope you all have a wonderful week!
- ⅓ cup slivered almonds
- 12 ounces cherry tomatoes (about 2½ cups) or 6-8 roma tomatoes quartered
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 2 or 3 pepperoncini peppers, chopped (peppers in vinegar) about 2 Tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 pinch of red pepper flakes (optional--I like ¼-1/2 teaspoon)
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb pasta (I like spaghetti or fettuccini)
- ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated plus more for garnish on top
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Toast almonds in small skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.
- In a food processor, process cooled almonds and salt until almonds are pulverized. Next add tomatoes, basil, garlic, pepperoncini peppers, salt and red pepper flakes and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of bowl with rubber spatula. With machine running slowly drizzle in oil, taking about 30 seconds to do it.
- Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts of water to boil. Add pasta and 1 Tablespoon of salt. Cook until al dente. Reserve about ½ cup of cooking water, drain the rest and transfer pasta back to cooking pot.
- Add pesto and ½ cup parmesan to cooked pasta, adjusting consistency with reserved pasta water.