What are you dressing up as? I dressed up in a beautiful bejeweled mask over the weekend for the costume parties, and then tonight to hand out candy, I’m going to be a butterfly!
I got the wings for literally five dollars on Amazon. And with my Prime account I got free 2-day shipping. It was literally the easiest decision I’ve ever had to make! hahaha And you can: try Amazon Prime for free for 30-Days!
But I thought that since we’re all getting dressed up tonight, why not dress up dinner too?!
This beautiful meal is one of my most popular and requested dishes I’ve ever made.
Pesto Pasta Pie.
Baked pesto pasta topped with chewy roasted radishes and carrots. It tasted so fresh and delicious! When I made this the first time for friends, they declared that it was “the best meal I’ve made yet!” Haha – now that’s quite the statement!
And yes, friends. That is gluten free quinoa pasta there. So technically, this meal is not on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but it IS gluten free, vegan, and Paleo!
Not to mention, utterly DELICIOUS.
I’m telling ya – this meal has a WOW factor of 10!!
We’re talkin’ SHOW STOPPER!
Here’s What you Need: (Serves 1-2 people)
1 serving quinoa pasta (or spaghetti of choice)
1 1/2 cups packed basil
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp EVOO
reserved pasta water
3 radishes, halved
2 large carrots, sliced into 1 inch pieces
3/4 cup sugar snap peas, cut in half
Tinfoil (I use nonstick and it’s a game changer)
Good Chef’s knife
Large pasta stock pot
8-inch, oven safe frying pan
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the carrots and radishes on a tin foil-lined, olive-oil sprayed baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil, and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the radishes have softened and the carrots are becoming golden on the edges.
Meanwhile, cook the past until al Dante, and make your pesto by combining the ingredients in the food processor. You’ll need to add about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water, and scrape down the sides several times. It’ll be thick.
Reserve about 1/2 cup of the pest, and toss the rest with your cooked pasta, along with about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Then, spray a small (8-inch) oven-safe frying pan with olive-oil spray. Put your pesto-coated spaghetti into the pan and make in the 400-degree oven for about 10 minutes. Then, broil it for about 3 minutes. Carefully take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Then, put a plate on top and “flip it” out onto the plate.
Place the roasted veggies and raw sugar snap peas onto to the top of your pasta pie in a decorative way 🙂 Top with the remaining pesto and enjoy!
This meal was outrageous! It was truly phenomenal! The flavors, textures, and colors were just wonderful. First, the flavor – oh my gosh, pesto is hands down my favorite flavor! I love how bright and fresh it is, with the savory garlic overtone. And if you’ve never had a roasted radish, you must try it! Raw radishes have a spicy bite to them, but when they’re roasted, their natural sugars release and they caramelize! They become soft and super sweet – almost like candy! I’m not even joking! Their sweetness, paired with the sweet carrots was just delightful!
And the textures! Oh my goodness, what a treat! When the spaghetti is baked, the top gets really crunchy, while the bottom becomes soft and just absorbs the pesto beautifully! Eating it was just fabulous – in one strand of spaghetti, there’d be a crunchy part, and a plump, soft and chewy part. It was outstanding!
Finally, the colors were beautiful! In my bunch of radishes from the farmer’s market, there were white, red, pink and purple radishes! — Simply stunning! Paired with the orange carrots, dark green snap peas and lemony green pesto; it was a feast for the eyes!
This was the perfect Halloween treat!
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49 responses to “Pesto Pasta Pie!”
I’m hungry now 😂 I love pesto pasta with pine nuts, crunchy kale & veggies! I might have to try this recipe as well xox
Hahaha thank so much! Ooh that sounds amazing! 😍 Hugs and love xox
Pesto is lush! You can’t beat it ❤️ it is hmmm xox
It really is SO LUSH! thanks lovie xox
Yummy! It’s so awesome that you show people just how good gluten free can be! Thank you sister! God bless you!
Haha thank you so much Ryan! Yes! GF isn’t a death sentence! It can be delicious and full of fun! Hugs and love xox
Wishing YOU a great Halloween.
Aw thanks xox
Aw. You are very graciously welcome.
You as well!!
Where do you buy your ingredients? Good gluten free options ingredients are hard to find!
They really are. I get them from a local health food store or Whole Foods! Sometimes amazon too!! Hugs and love xox
I’m obsessed with the pesto/pasta combo!!!
Thank you Georgia! I agree! I love it too! Hugs and love xox
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Thanks Tonya for the link up! Hugs and love xox
Thank you again, beautiful friend. Love you as ever!😄❤
you’re the best Tonya! thank you dear friend! Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much!! so glad you enjoyed it! Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much!! Hugs and love xox
Thank you Nana! Hugs and love xox
Looks beyond delectable! I’m trying this!
Oh thank you so much! Hope you love it! Hugs and love xox
Love your recipes! Thank you.
Aw thank you friend! So glad you’re enjoying them! Hugs and love xox
I love this one. The opening photo is Wonderful. I could almost kiss you back. The pesto dish is simply beautiful I will try this one. You need to visit my son in Columbus, NC. This is a Gold Nugget in the mountains of NC. The Rural Seed Restaurant. You will love the desserts.
Thanks so much! Hahah i hope you do try it! Hey, that’s not a bad idea 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Hope you had a wonderful Halloween! You are quite the lovely butterfly 🌹🌹. I was the girl in the Michael Jackson, the way you make me feel video and my sister was Michael Jackson, lol! I’ll have a post about it in a day or 2. That meal looks delicious and beautiful. I love vegetables. Might have my bestie make it for me for my birthday next week! Thanks for sharing 🌻🌻🌼🌼🌺❤
Thanks Lane! Same to you! What a fun costume!! And happy early birthday! Hugs and love xox
You’re welcome! It was a fun night! And thank you, can’t believe I’ll be 38 in a week 😂🤣😂
Oh good! And hey – You don’t look a day over 20 🙂
Aww, you are too kind 🤗🤗🤗😍😍🌻
Wow.. this is a very special recipe 😋😋😋 make me drolling.. thank you for sharing 👍👍👍
Thanks friend! Hugs and love xox
That looks crazy delicious! Thank You! Bookmarking!!! 🙂
aw thank you so much! hugs xo
My pleasure! 🙂