Fusilli with spicy pesto

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the pesto

225g chopped walnuts
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 (5cm) red or green jalapeno pepper, stemmed and coarsely chopped* see Cook's Note
450g grated Asiago cheese
2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
85g baby spinach
85g rocket
60ml extra-virgin olive oil

For the fusilli

450g fusilli pasta
115g Asiago cheese, shaved for garnish
1) For the pesto, combine the walnuts, garlic, jalapeno, cheese, salt and pepper in a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth. Add the spinach and rocket and process until blended. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil.

2) Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 225ml of the pasta water. Place the cooked pasta and pesto in a large serving bowl. Toss well and thin out the sauce with a little pasta water, if needed.

3) Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with Asiago cheese shavings and serve.

*Cook's Note: For a milder pesto, remove the seeds from the jalapeno pepper.

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