Chickpea Casarecce with Pesto alla Trapanese

2019-08-16
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Pesto can be so much more than basil and pine nuts. This version is from Trapani in Sicily, and is traditionally made with almonds, tomatoes, garlic and basil. Casarecce is a pasta shape that’s also native to Sicily; it means “housemade.” Recipe by Chef Lorenzo Boni.

Instructions

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt, cook the pasta for 4 minutes. Strain, and toss with a bit of olive oil. Cool down on a sheet tray in the fridge.

Step 2

In a medium sized bowl marinate ¼ of the tomatoes with 6 tbsp olive oil, 12 basil leaves julienne, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Step 3

In a blender, combine the almonds, garlic, remaining oil, salt, pepper, and cheese. Pulse for 15 seconds or until they start to break down.

Step 4

Add the tomatoes and remaining basil, and pulse until the tomatoes and basil are chopped, but not smooth.

Step 5

For service, bring another large pot of water to a boil, season with salt.

Step 6

Add the pasta and cook for 2 minutes, remove from the water and combine the pasta with the sauce, if needed use some of the pasta cooking water to thin out the sauce.

Step 7

Transfer to a 2 inch full hotel pan, then garnish with marinated tomatoes and more cheese before service.

Ingredients

  • 6 pkgs Barilla® Chickpea Casarecce
  • 18 ea ripe plum tomatoes, concasse
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cups basil leaves, packed
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4½ cups peeled almonds
  • 6 ea garlic cloves
  • 3 cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 173g
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 610
Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42gg
65%
Saturated Fat 7gg
35%
Trans Fat 0gg
Cholesterol 20mgmg
7%
Sodium 270mgmg
11%
Total Carbohydrate 45gg
15%
Dietary Fiber 12gg
48%
Sugars 4gg
Protein 24gg
48%

Vitamin A %
Vitamin C %
Calcium 303mg%
Iron 4mg%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.