PASTA, PUMPKIN SEED PESTO AND PROSCIUTTO RECIPE


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As you may have figured out by now, we here at Best Friends For Frosting are big on pumpkin for fall! Whether it be in our lattes or in our pasta we just can’t get enough. Libbie Summers is sharing one of her amazing pasta recipes with us, and as always, it does not disappoint! This pasta is great to make just for two or double the recipe and make it for a large party! Your guests will no doubt be begging you for the recipe. This deliciousness in a bowl is great for a breezy fall night and the mix of flavors will definitely have you craving cooler weather! Check out her recipe below:

PASTA, PUMPKIN SEED PESTO AND PROSCUITTO

(all that is good and holy wrapped around a fork)
Serves 4
ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro plus a few leaves for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 pound thin spaghetti
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon 
  • 12 thinly sliced pieces of prosciuttO 
instructions
1. Add 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and the pumpkin seeds to a sauté pan over medium-high heat.
2. Cook, stirring frequently, until the seeds are just beginning to brown (about 2 minutes).
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
4. Once cool, add the toasted seeds, cilantro, garlic and remaining olive oil to a blender and process until just less than smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.
5. Add the pasta to a large pot of salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain (reserving ½ cup of the pasta water) and return to the pot. Add the pesto and just enough of the pasta water to coat the pasta with a nice sauce. Stir in lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste.
To Serve: Divide pasta between bowls. Top each with 3 pieces of prosciutto and garnish with cilantro leaves.

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