Tallarin Verde (Pasta Noodles in Green Sauce)

    Tallarin Verde (Pasta Noodles in Green Sauce)
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    Get a taste of on-trend Peruvian cuisine with this recipe for Tallarin Verde. This simple pasta dish is anything but ordinary when tossed with a richly layered spinach and basil sauce. The intense green color hides a secret: the pungent garlic and the heat from the jalapeño.

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    Ingredients
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    1
    pound
    whole-wheat rotini pasta
    1
    bunch fresh spinach, washed and trimmed
    1
    cup
    fresh basil, washed and trimmed
    1/2
    cup
    evaporated milk
    1/4
    to 1/2 cup heavy cream
    1/2
    cup
    Queso fresco
    1/4
    cup
    shredded Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
    2
    large jalapeños, seeded and roughly chopped
    2
    teaspoons
    roughly chopped garlic
    *
    juice of 1/2 large lime
    1/2
    teaspoon
    kosher salt
    1/2
    teaspoon
    freshly ground black pepper
    1/2
    teaspoon
    cayenne pepper
    1/4
    teaspoon
    ground cumin
    *
    quartered cherry tomatoes, for garnish
    *
    Steamed asparagus, shaved zucchini and/or sliced roasted chicken, optional toppings
    Directions
    Step 1
    Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain the pasta and return to the same pot. It’s okay if a little moisture remains in the pot.
    Step 2
    While the pasta boils make the sauce by combining the remaining ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. You may need to add the basil and spinach incrementally until all of it is well blended.
    Step 3
    Pour the sauce into a sauce pot and heat over medium heat until just warmed through.
    Step 4
    Pour about half the sauce over the noodles and gently fold in the sauce. Too much mixing might give you sticky noodles.
    Step 5
    Garnish with more shredded Parmesan cheese and quartered cherry tomatoes. If desired add steamed asparagus, shaved zucchini or slices of chicken.
    Step 6
    The other half of the sauce can be stored for a few days in your refrigerator. Use it to top anything from steak to fish to oven baked home fries. It’s also great on a ham and cheese sandwich.

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    6
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    40 mins
    Prep Time: 
    20 mins
    Cook Time: 
    20 mins
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