Mitch Gelber cooks the best pasta among us family members.
If we needed a pasta dish, we just needed to appoint him and he gladly cooks them out for us. I remember him labouring a long time in his kitchen, just to cook a tomato and sausage sauce. It was worth the wait but the aroma set us drooling impatiently. It was torturous.
For his party, the Gelbers decided to do Spaghetti in Italian Sauce. A no short cut to food processor, Coco and Mitch insisted on the mortar and pestle. It make sense to spend on this step as the paste was textured with taste. You get bites of the basil and the bouquet is lingering with herbal sweetness in your palate right to your nostril. A great way to enjoy pasta.
Besides the pesto sauce as a basic important ingredient, the pine nuts and cheese really add up to bite and taste.
Do try as the pesto sauce is really easy to dish out and within less than an hour, the Glebers dished out 2 pounds of pasta to serve us hungry guests and family.
- Italian Basil Pesto Sauce
- 2 pounds of spaghetti
- olive oil
- grated Parmesan
- toasted pine nuts
- cherry tomatoes
- basil leaves for garnishing (optional)
- Fill a large pot, with water. Depending on the size of the pot, fill it from 1/2 to 3/4 full with water
- Cover the pot with a lid and place over high heat.
- Leave the lid on the pot until the water comes to a rolling boil. The lid will allow the water to heat up more quickly.
- Remove the lid and add salt to the water when it reaches a boil.
- Add the spaghetti to the boiling water.
- Allow the spaghetti to cook for approximately 10 minutes, occasionally stirring it to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Occasionally check the spaghetti to see if it’s done. When the pasta reaches al dente, it will be firm in the middle but chewy.
- Empty the contents of the pot into the colander to drain the liquid.
- Add a small amount of olive oil and pesto sauce to the pasta and toss
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss pine nuts and cherry tomatoes, sprinkle grated cheese and it’s ready to be serve.