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Homemade Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi

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Homemade Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi is the perfect copycat version made right in your own kitchen! Making pesto is probably easier than you think!Homemade Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi is the perfect copycat version made right in your own kitchen! | Persnickety Plates
I first made this recipe in 2011 but wanted to re-make it and take some new pictures. I’m upset with myself that I took so long to make it again!

Homemade Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi

Noodles & Company is one of my favorite fast casual restaurants. I typically order this Pesto Cavatappi or the Med Salad. If you order it there, it comes with mushrooms. I always swap those out for spinach so I did the same thing here.

Julia loved helping with this one. She was great at de-stemming the basil and was thrilled to push the button the food processor.

I made a simple grilled chicken to go along with this and had a quick dinner that all of us loved.
Homemade Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi is the perfect copycat version made right in your own kitchen! | Persnickety Plates

Homemade Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi is the perfect copycat version made right in your own kitchen! | Persnickety Plates

Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Homemade Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi is the perfect copycat version made right in your own kitchen!
5 from 1 vote
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb cavatappi twists, cooked al dente
  • For the pesto:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh basil de-stemmed
  • 2 Tablespoons shaved Asiago cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons shaved Asiago cheese
  • 2 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach de-stemmed

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta to al dente, drain, rise with cold water, then toss with olive oil & set aside.
  • Make the pesto:
  • In a food processor, add the fresh basil, 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, 2 Tablespoons of Asiago cheese and blend until smooth. Taste, then season with salt & pepper & blend, as needed. Set aside.
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add in the olive oil & the garlic.
  • Add butter and crushed red pepper.
  • Add in the cooked noodles & stir.
  • Deglaze the pan with white wine and then add the chicken stock.
  • When the noodles begin to sizzle a bit, add the chopped tomatoes and spinach.
  • Add in the cream.
  • Toss & stir then turn off heat.
  • Pour on the pesto and let the tomatoes warm and spinach wilt.
  • Garnish with the remaining shaved Asiago cheese.

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Updated 5/25/16. Original picture from 2011:
Pesto Cavatappi is one of my favorite dishes from Noodles & Company. This homemade pasta dish with fresh pesto sauce is a perfect comfort food dish.
Things you may need:
Mini Food Processor(so many pretty colors – I have red)
Corkscrew
My favorite heat safe spatulas

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  1. Carole says

    Hi there. This week’s Food on Friday is all about mushrooms! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  2. Carole says

    Lovely dish. Thanks for linking it in to Food on Friday: Mushrooms. I have just signed up to follow you. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers

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