Penne With Pesto and Fresh Parmesan

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Total Time
10 mins
10 mins

A quick and healthy version of pesto that has quick clean up. This recipe came from the 2008 Jan/Feb Women's Health issue. (the author's name is Lidia Bastianich)

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  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. While pasta cooks, rinse tomatoes and basil and pat dry. Cut tomatoes into large chunks.
  3. Place tomatoes in a blender/food processor, add basil, almonds, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
  4. While machine still running, add olive oil in a steady steam (it will emulsify the mixture into a thick pesto).
  5. Scrape pesto into a large bowl. Drop drained pasta onto pesto and toss quickly to coat. Sprinkle on cheese and toss again.
  6. Enjoy!