This recipe has all the quintessential Italian ingredients to satisfy your cravings and is easy peasy to boot!
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup roasted red bell pepper (fresh or jarred)
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. penne pasta (I like to use the miniature version)
1/4 cup heavy cream, optional
1. Place garlic and pine nuts in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
2. Add Parmesan, red pepper, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Pulse until well combined.
3. With motor running, add olive oil through the feed tube and process until incorporated. Set
4. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Add the pesto to the
pasta and stir to combine. Stir in heavy cream if desired for a creamier sauce. Heat until
Source: Picky Palate