Lidia Bastianich – Emmy Award winning TV personality, cookbook author, chef, restaurateur, Eataly partner and more!
Lidia Bastianich is coming to Eataly Chicago on Saturday, March 5th, for exclusive cooking classes and a public book signing for her new book, Lidia’s A Pot, A Pan, and A Bowl. https://www.eataly.com/us_en/stores/chicago/lidia-day/
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Cavatappi with Asparagus and Spinach Pesto
4 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
1 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley
1/3 cup shelled pistachio, toasted
1 garlic clove, crushed and peeled
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound cavatappi
1 bunch medium-thickness asparagus, tough stems trimmed, bottoms peeled, stalks cut into 1-inch
½ cup freshly grated pecorino
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Put the spinach, parsley, pistachios, and garlic in the work bowl of a food processor. Process to make a chunky paste. Add the olive oil with the machine running to make a smooth pesto. Transfer to serving bowl. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and several grinds of black pepper.
Add the cavatappi to the boiling water and cook until al dente; add the asparagus in the last 4 minutes. Remove pasta and asparagus with a spider to the serving bowl. Sprinkle with the grated cheese. Toss to coat the pasta with the sauce, adding up to ½ cup pasta-cooking water if it seems dry, and serve.