Monday, August 19, 2013

Pesto in a different manner

i like to learn from other cultures, the addition of spinach comes from South America, nuts (or sunflower seeds in this case) are an Italian addition.  The bacon is well, American?

Chicken pesto on Fettuccine

2 lbs chicken meat (will end up boneless, any part will do)
1 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (because Pinole nuts are too expensive)
5 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
8 oz spinach
1 teaspoon salt
1 package bacon
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup sunflower seeds

Boil the chicken, removing any skin and bones after it has cooled
Cook the bacon crisp
mix chicken and bacon together and roughly chop, set aside.

Boil the spinach for one minute remove from heat and drain
Add spinach, basil, garlic, salt and olive oil to a blender and blend until smooth.
add 2 cup water, sunflower seeds and 1/2 parmesan cheese and mix

Prepare your favorite pasta (i use fettuccini for this) and plate on top of pasta as follows
teaspoon of cheese, tablespoon of chicken/bacon then the pesto sauce.

Add crushed hot pepper as an option