Guest blog from India
Dinner! The best classic first-date idea.
You know why? No distractions. You have complete focus on what your potential partner has to say.
Want to shake up the classic? You both can cook together and make the dreaded first date more fun.
I understand that first-date jitters are for real! And that it’s totally normal to feel a little nervous and think that things won’t go well.
But there is one thing I can help you with to worry less about: this recipe perfect for the first date.
This pesto pasta dish is a flavour bomb for your palette.
Believe me when I say making homemade pesto pasta isn’t that difficult.
How to Make Pesto Pasta
What is Pesto? Pesto is a green sauce that originated in Liguria, Italy.
The word “pesto” is the past tense of the Genoese verb “Pestare,” which means “to crush.”
The fact that pesto is made by crushing ingredients with mortar and pestle probably has something to do with it.
Don’t worry! We will use a blender to make pesto.
While pesto always seems fancy and gourmet, it is easy to make. Homemade pesto is tastier than store-bought varieties as it tastes fresh, nutty, garlicky, and luxurious.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
For the Basil Pesto Sauce:
2 cups fresh basil leaves
¼ cup cashews
¼ pine nuts/walnuts
5 to 6 garlic cloves
½ to ¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup dry Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt as required
Powdered black pepper
For Cooking Pasta:
20 to 25 Cherry tomatoes
1 cup Pasta
Chilli flakes (optional)
1. In a blender, blitz basil leaves, cashews, nuts, garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil in parts. (Blend all the ingredients in a fine paste, do not add water. To adjust consistency, add olive oil only.)
2. Add grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and powdered black pepper to the jar and blend well.
3. Remove the pesto into a bowl and keep it aside.
4. Cook your pasta in a pot of salted boiling water till they are al dente.
5. Drain the pasta using a colander.
6. In a pan, add olive oil to sauté the cherry tomatoes.
7. Now add pesto and pasta to the pan, mix well until pesto coats the pasta thoroughly.
8. Finish everything with garnishing the pasta with more grated Parmesan cheese, chilli flakes, and oregano.
That’s it! It is simple to make, isn’t it?
Now that your pasta is ready, it is time to pop open that bottle of wine. Enjoy your time eating this creamy, tangy, and finger-licking good dish.
Who would have thought pesto pasta would be one of the easiest recipes for the first date?
What are your thoughts on this delightful recipe? I’d love to hear about other dishes you have made on your first date or are planning for your first date!
Author Bio: Dhruvi Haria
Dhruvi is a bubbly, affable person and a reading enthusiast. She would never set foot in the kitchen if not for an easy and exciting recipe. When not reading she can be found creating a list of “Things That Make Happy” or coming up with creative Food Blog Names.
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