Green Home Made Tagliatelle with Mint Pesto

Green Home Made Tagliatelle with Mint Pesto

Green Home Made Tagliatelle with Mint Pesto

Sauces with Herbs

Basil leaves are most often eaten uncooked or used to flavour tomatoes.  A sauce that is loved and used often in Italian Homes is the beloved ‘Pesto alla Genovese’.  The word Pesto applies to any combination of herbs ground with a mortar and pestle.

This recipe of Pesto is made with mint and is used all over Italy but especially in the Northern regions.

Ingredients for 4 to 6 people

15 large sprigs of parsley, leaves only

5 large basil leaves

15 large mint leaves

1tsp coarse salt

5tbsp butter at room temperature

1 ½ cups cream

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper

To prepare the pesto, place the parsley, basil, mint and coarse salt in a stone mortar and pestle and grind all the ingredients together into a paste.

Transfer the paste to a glass bowl then add the cream and Parmesan cheese.  Mix well with a wooden spoon, season with salt and pepper.

Cook your tagliatelle in a large pot of boiling salted water, drain and transfer the pasta to a large platter, toss it with butter, then pour the prepared herb sauce over, toss again and decorate with grated parmesan and fresh mint leaves.  Serve immediately.

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