Mascarpone Cheese & Pesto Pasta
- 16 oz. package of pasta
- 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
- pesto sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cups basil leaves
- 1 1/2 cups shelled walnuts (pine nuts)
- 4 cloves peeled garlic
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup olive oil
Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package; reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain well. In a large bowl, combine pot pasta, macarpone cheese and reserved cooking water; toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve pasta immediately in bowls accompanied with a dollop of pesto.
Pesto: In a food procesor or blender, blend basil, nuts, garlic and cheese. Pour in oil slowly while still mixing. Stir in salt and pepper.