Cavatappi with Arugula Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups pasta and 1 teaspoon nuts)

Ingredients

PESTO:

5 cups trimmed arugula
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil

Remaining Ingredients:

1 pound uncooked cavatappi
2 cups red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved (about 3/4 pound)
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Preparation

To prepare pesto, combine first 7 ingredients in a food processor; process until finely minced. With processor on, slowly pour 1/3 cup water and oil through food chute; process until well blended.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Combine pesto, pasta, and tomatoes in a large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle pine nuts over pasta. Serve immediately.

Wine note: There’s nothing more satisfying than a light pasta dish and a glass of cold, fresh, dry Italian white wine. Pinot grigio fills the bill exactly, and it’s a steal, too. For one that’s thirst-quenching and loaded with personality, try Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2004 from the Trentino Alto Adige region ($12).-Karen MacNeil

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