I had this sudden urge to make some pesto to go with pasta for lunch yesterday afternoon, and after messing up my fridge for ingredients to play with, I ended up with this…
Homemade Pestle & Mortar Coriander Pesto Pasta with Herbed Fish
Pesto is actually extremely easy to make, all you need is a main pungent leafy herb, some oily nuts, garlic, some good’o olive oil and you’re good to go. You can either throw your chosen ingredients into a blender and let the machine take all the fun away from you or use a pestle and mortar like I did. I’m old school, and besides, nothings brings out the flavors better than some honest physical pounding.
Traditional pesto calls for basil and pine nuts, but in this recipe I used coriander and walnuts instead. No particular reason, I just happen to have them. You will just get different flavour profiles herbs or nuts used.
Recipe for Homemade Pestle & Mortar Coriander Pesto Pasta with Herbed Fish
For the pesto:
- A Bunch of Coriander
- Clove of Garlic per Bunch of Coriander (raw garlic is quite spicy and overwhelming, go easy on the garlic)
- Couple of Walnuts
- Black Pepper
- Olive Oil
- Dried chillis (optional)
- Parmesan Cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)
1) Roast the raw walnuts slightly, be careful not to burn them. If you are using roasted walnuts then you can skip this step.
2) Pound and crush them all up using a pestle and mortar, or a blender if you are boring. You can add parmesan if you liked to. Add the olive oil last.
Pesto is ready, really, that’s all!
For the Herbed Fish:
- Fish Fillet (any white fish, I used Sutchi)
- Season with Dill
- Dried Chillis
- Salt & Pepper
- Splash of Lemon Juice
- Olive oil
3) Season fish with all of the above for about 10 minutes.
4) Pan-fry it in a smoking hot pan.
5) Cook up some pasta of your choice. Tip: Salt the water not the pasta. Always salt the water generously. The italians will tell you to salt it “as salty as the sea.”
6) When pasta is al dente, place it into a tossing bowl and toss with your coriander pesto. Add a little pasta water if it gets too dry. Finish with some extra virgin olive oil. Plate with herbed fish.
I hope you would really enjoy this dish. Give me some feedback if you do try this recipe.
Now, Mess Up Thy Kitchens!