This recipe requires frozen basil pesto sauce made in advance according to the first video. The pesto can be made in larger quantities and stored for long periods for many quick meals at later times. The sauce is created with the spagetti in the pot immediately after the spagetti has been cooked and drained. It is important to add cold water in small amounts while stirring the frozen pesto cubes and cooked spagetti so the mixture temperature remains below the melting point of the parmisan cheese in the pesto. If the mixture is too hot the cheese will melt and coagulate into one large ball around the spoon (yuk). The method creates a creamy texture to the pesto sauce, much sought after in high end restaurants.
Step 1: Step 1: Making Frozen Basil Pesto in Advance
Cheap fresh basil usually comes in large bunches at farm stands and in grocery store produce departments. Freezing the pesto allows all the fresh basil to be preserved in an air tight environment with sufficient olive oil (cut basil oxidizes quickly in ambient air).
1 pound fresh cut basil (with stems)
4 oz toasted pignoli nuts
1/4 pound parmesan cheese (grana padana is ok)
1 teaspoon garlic (ready to use chopped garlic in a jar is ok)
1 cup olive oil
Put container of pesto in freezer.
Step 2: Step 2: Quick Creamy Pesto Spagetti Sauce
1/4 pound frozen basil pesto
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 pound freshly cooked and drained spagetti
While the spagetti is cooking cut the frozen basil pesto into 1/2 inch cubes. Drain the spagetti and return it to the still hot pot it was cooked in. Add the frozen basil pesto and 1/4 cup of the cold water. Stir swiftly mixing the spagetti with the pesto. Try and keep the frozen pesto cubes separate as they thaw. Continue to stir constantly until there is no more frozen pesto chunks. If the sauce looks too thick add the rest of the cold water and continue stirring until the sauce achieves an even texture. Serve immediately.