PASTA GARNISH: freshly ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese, optional
PESTO: Place ingredients in bowl of food processor. Process until smooth, using rubber scraper to push down the sides occasionally. Makes 1/2 cup.
Variations: - add 3/4 c freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
PASTA: Boil a large pot of water; cook pasta until al dente.
While pasta is cooking, prepare pesto; set aside, covered.
Steam carrots. Meanwhile, in skillet, heat oil. Add zucchini and pea pods. Stir continuously until crisp/tender.
When pasta is done, drain well; toss pesto with noodles until they are well coated. Then toss in vegetables. Garnish with pepper and cheese.
VARIATIONS: - add 1/2 c Parmesan cheese to Pesto