Cavatelli with Lemon Almond Pesto

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Preparation Time Pesto: 5 minutes / Pasta: 30 minutes Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 (pesto) Cost Per Serving $0.61
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2 bunchesFresh Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Cilantro etc.)
1/4 cupAlmonds (toasted)
1Lemon, juice and zest
1/2 cupParmesan Cheese, grated
1/2 cupExtra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tspSalt
Pasta Dough
2 1/2 cupsFlour (use a little less for whole grain flours i.e. spelt)
1/2 cupWater
1/4 tspSalt


  1. Combine all pesto ingredients in a food processor, blend until smooth. Carefully pour into a freezer bag. Seal the bag flat, pressing pesto into all free space and trying to remove as much air as possible. Freeze flat.
  2. For the Pasta Dough: combine flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the center.
  3. Add the egg, whisk. Add the water and salt, mix together.
  4. Slowly bring in the flour with a fork continuously mixing until all the flour is combined.
  5. Use your hands to kneed the pasta dough until you form a smooth ball. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 20 minutes.
  6. Divide pasta dough into four pieces. Roll each piece out into a long strand about ½ inch thick. Cut little pieces off the strand about the size of a nickel. Roll each piece off the side of a fork. Lay the pasta out onto a flat board, dust with a little flour and cover with a clean dish towel. Let it dry for about an hour and then freeze or cook immediately.
  7. Cook pasta in boiling water until it begins to float. Toss with 4 tablespoons of warmed pesto and serve.


Foods that Do and Don't freeze well:

·         Foods that DO freeze well:

  • Herbs
  • Citrus juice and zest
  • All fruit
  • Most vegetables like squash, onions, cauliflower and carrots
  • Ginger, chilies
  • Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and chard
  • Milk
  • Meats & fish
  • Breads
  • Cooked rice
  • Butter & grated medium hard and hard cheeses


·         Foods that DON'T freeze so well:

  • Creamy and soft cheeses
  • Yogurt
  • Vegetables with high water content like lettuces and cucumbers
  • Mayo