I had my very first taste of Pesto as a small kid, and never looked back. Love the smoothness of Basil and the creamy saltiness of Parmesan. I had n...
La pasta al pesto di basilico è uno di quei piatti con cui non si può sbagliare. Mai. Se poi è fatto in casa, con le trofie fresche ed una bella grattuggiata di parmigiano finale, il risultato è assicurato.
Il pesto è una salsa che, se volete sbizzarrirvi in cucina, può essere riadattata in molti modi: il basilico può essere sostituito con altri alimenti, come la rucola o le zucchine, ed i pinoli (che, si sa, possono essere dispendiosi) possono essere sostituiti con le mandorle o ciò che preferite!
Ma il vero pesto tradizionale, quello ligure, sarà sempre il nostro preferito....e si può farne in abbondanza e conservarlo in frigo per molte settimane.
Ecco la ricetta per fare le trofie fresche fatte in casa, ed il vero pesto tradizionale: il piatto che per eccellenza rappresenta la Liguria, terra di mille sapori genuini ed unici!
per 4 persone
In a medium mixing bowl, combine semola flour and warm or tepid water. Energetically blend two ingredients together, and if your dough is too soft and sticky, add more semola a little bit at a time until you arrive at a soft, flexible dough that doesn't stick to your spoon as you mix.
Knead in your bowl for between 3-4 minutes. Shape into a small round, place in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
Place wooden working board onto table where you'll be preparing your pasta. Unwrap dough from plastic wrap, and cut a small piece off to work with, leaving the remainder covered with plastic to avoid dough from drying out.
Roll cut piece of dough out into a long-ish dough snake approximately 1cm wide. Using a sharp knife, cut your snake into smaller pieces 1cm long (maximum length, otherwise shapes are too long).
Keeping your hand open, use the edge of your palm to roll each small piece of dough diagonally across your wooden working board, to create your spiral shape. Your dough should curl up on itself, creating a beautliful spiral shape.
If you're not able to make your dough run smoothly across the board, be sure you don't have too much semola flour present - this will prevent your dough from rolling out smoothly. Once shapes have been made, place onto semola-dusted tray while you complete the process with the remaining dough.
Repeat the process with entire ball of Trofie pasta dough, very lightly dusting your complete trofie shapes with semola to be sure they don't stick to each other. When putting on semola-dusted tray, be sure to leave space between each trofie.
Grate Parmesan and Pecorino cheese and set aside. You can grate both cheeses into same medium mixing bowl.
Finely mince pine nuts and blend with Parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheeses. Add half the extra-virgin olive oil to the cheese and Pine nut mixture and continue blending on low speed. Add basil leaves and a pinch of coarse salt, and blend, adding remaining olive oil. Stop blending when your sauce has reached your desired consistency, whch should be well-mixed and not overly creamy.
A note regarding equipment and ingredient temperatures: If you're using a blender or an immersion mixer, Chef Michele recommends refrigerating all the Basil Pesto ingredients prior to preparation, including your extra-virgin olive oil, and the blades of your blender or immersion mixer (if possible). This will help maintain the cooler temperature of your ingredients and avoid your sauce's oxidation (changing color) throughout your preparation process.
Bring large pot of salted water to boil, and add shaped trofie pasta.
Cook for 3-4 minutes, and drain. Add to large bowl where you've placed prepared basil pesto sauce, and blend trofie with pesto until all pieces are well-seasoned and covered with pesto.
Place trofie into individual serving dishes and dust with additional grated Parmesan cheese if you like. Serve promptly.
Filippo Thursday 5th of November 2020
Gorgeously green - my favourite color!
I had my very first taste of Pesto as a small kid, and never looked back. Love the smoothness of Basil and the creamy saltiness of Parmesan. I had never thought to add the Pecorino cheese, as I'm a hardcore Parmesan man myself, but what an extra flavour that gives the sauce. A lovely change of pace from other Pesto options.