Coriander is the one herb I really struggle to grow, I always fail to germinate it from seed and I don’t understand why, especially as I am successful with all my other herbs, including lovage, dill and chervil, but not the one I really, really love.
So most of the time, I tend to have coriander in fridge to liven dishes from vegetables to pulses, but never pasta. This was the first time, I decided to combine the two ingredients. I am sure it has been done before, but not by me and what a tasty dish it was.
Coriander is quite a powerful herb, so go easy on it, you want the right balance, too much and it’s pungent. The next time I make this dish, I think I will add a teaspoon of chilli flakes. My mum would really love it!
This is also my contribution towards Pasta Presto Nights No 117 which is being hosted by Katie of Thyme for Cooking , I really enjoyed participating in it last time and Ruth of 4Everykitchen was such a wonderful co-host. Presto Pasta Nights, fondly known as PPN has a very simple pre-requisite. The dish must have some sort of noodle, it doesn't have to be traditional Italian type pasta, it can be hot, cold, salad, soup, main, dessert, or anything else, but it must have some kind of noodle. So what's stopping you from participating? Go on have a go, you still have plenty of time to submit. PPN is also a great way to find out about other food bloggers.
Penne with Lemon-coriander pesto
250g penne, farfalle or conchiglie pasta cooked according to packet instructions. Drain and allow to cool
For coriander pesto sauce
Handful of coriander, stems included
2 cloves of garlic,
½ teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Juice and zest of ½ a lemon
Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of lightly roasted pine nuts.
In a blender, put in two tablespoons of olive oil, zest and lemon juice, garlic and coriander and blend, then add salt, remaining olive oil and repeat blending procedure until well combined.
Pour coriander pesto over the pasta and gently toss to combine the mixture well. Season with pepper, scatter over the pine nuts and serve.
I end with the words of Nigella, the domestic goddess 'how easy was that?!'