Silk Handkerchiefs with Pesto Sauce

Serves 4

pesto recipe

455g (1 lb) fresh egg pasta dough recipe

flour for dusting

a handful of fresh basil leaves, torn up

100g freshly grated pecorino cheese

First make your pesto.  Then make the egg pasta dough and roll it out to 2mm on your pasta machine.  Lay all the long strips ona well-floured worktop.  Using a knife or a pasta wheel, cut the strips into rectangular pieces, roughly the size of beer mats.

Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted wated for about 3 minutes, until just cooked, then drain, reserving a little of the cooking water.  Toss the cooked pasta with the pesto, the torn basil leaves and the pecorino.  Taste and season if necessary, and add a few spoonfuls of the cooking water if you need to loosen up the sauce a bit.  Serve sprinkled with more pecorino and serve immediately.

The Culinary Chase's Note:  Velvety smooth pasta with fresh ingredients make for a perfect meal.  Buon Appetito!
Heather Chase,
Nov 20, 2009, 4:38 PM