There's a new game in town and it's called Barefoot Bloggers. It's dedicated to all things Ina Garten, the famous culinary diva of the wildly popular cookbooks - Barefoot Contessa. The group is growing fast and is up to about 70 members. This is only the second recipe, so I haven't missed much! Barefoot Bloggers will be cooking and baking twice a month from one of Ina Garten's cookbooks and then posting the results to their blogs. (Like I don't have enough to keep me busy already!) Not only do I get myself in way too deep, I like to take others down with me. I emailed my friend Liliana at My Cookbook Addiction and she jumped at it too!
Pasta, Pesto & Peas
Ina Garten's Pasta, Pesto & Peas was chosen by Elizabeth of Ugg Small Food. I know, you're all wondering what's up with the name? Her name came up on a Tuesdays With Dorie recipe too. I'll just need to ask someday!
Because of copyright laws, I'm going to leave you with the link to her recipe on The Food Network. This is only available online for a limited time, so print out the recipe now. Pasta, Pesto & Peas can also be found in Ina Garten's book "Barefoot Contessa Parties!" on page 98. I can tell you it had lots of basil pesto blended with spinach and mayonnaise and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and pine nuts for a little added crunch!
Quick & Easy Meal!
I thought this looked like an easy recipe and I was right! It was put together in a snap and it was absolutely delicious, albeit a bit too green! It would have been the perfect dish for St. Patrick's Day! I used my handy-dandy new Cuisinart Mini-Prep Food Processor for this job. I made the pasta before I went out to do errands and finished it when I came back. The recipe says it takes 45 minutes, but it was done in far less time!
Seriously, if you're looking for a quick and light side dish for a hot summer night, this is the recipe for you. Add grilled chicken breast strips and you have an awesome main dish!