This past weekend, our friends hosted a Roaring 20's party for Halloween! I absolutely loved having a pre-planned theme for Halloween this year, it took the pressure off of thinking of a costume - and I can wear this outfit again, especially since half of it was already in my closet!
We each brought over a dish, and I decided on bringing Penne Pesto Pasta with Pine nuts. It's a great dish for parties because after it's made, it doesn't need to be reheated and can be served chilled or at room temperature.
- Bring a large pot of water (with EVOO and salt) to a roiling boil. Cook an entire box of Penne pasta until al dente Drain and drizzle with a little EVOO to keep the pasta from sticking, and for added flavor.
- Place 4 cups of basil leaves, 1 cup of EVOO, 1/3 cups of walnuts, 4 cloves of garlic, 4 oz of Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper into a food processor and process until the mixture forms a paste. Or you can use pre-made pesto to do it in less time.
- Toss cooked pasta and pesto together in a large mixing bowl and mix together. Add pine nuts and mix.
- Garnish with Parmesan shavings and chill until ready to serve.
I also brought Parmesan Pasty Pups - they are always a huge hit and my favorite frozen appetizer secret. I'm all about convenient short cuts when it comes to parties!