Monday, July 27, 2009

Pesto And Pasta - Kids Favourite!

Kids love pasta more than any other meal and they love it most with Pesto!

That’s the result of a recent survey commissioned by the Oxford Children’s Food Festival which showed that the tasty green sauce from Sacla’ is much more popular than other nursery favourites including Macaroni Cheese, Toad in the Hole and Bangers and Mash.

Pasta and Pesto was voted top of the tea-time treats by 18 per cent of youngsters with its nearest rival, Macaroni Cheese, trailing behind with 12 per cent.

The final results were:

1. Pesto and Pasta
2. Macaroni Cheese
3. Toad in the Hole
4. Spaghetti Bolognese
5. Bangers and Mash
6. Chinese
7. Chicken and chips
8. Chicken Curry
9. Roast Dinners
10. Pizzas

Sacla’ Pesto is irresistibly tasty and incredibly quick and easy to prepare. It’s a nourishing speedy supper simply stirred through pasta or an absolute winner with kids is classic Pesto alla Genovese. Sacla’ Pesto can add colour and vibrancy to all manner of kid’s meals so if you need a little inspiration on how to perk up with Pesto visit for a whole host of delightful ideas for all the family to enjoy or why not use this Pesto alla Genovese recipe tonight...

Pesto all Genovese


250g of linguine
250g of potatoes cut into 2cm (1in) chunks
150g of green beans, cut into 2cm (1 in) pieces
½ jar of Sacla’ Classic Pesto or Organic Green Pesto
6 tbsp of double cream or crème freche
3 tbsp of freshly grated Grana Padano cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes for five minutes. Add the pasta to the pan and cook for another five minutes.* Lastly add the cut beans to the pan and cook for a further two to three minutes.

Drain the pasta, potatoes and vegetables and make sure you hold back a cupful of the cooking water.

Turn it all into a heated serving dish and mix in the Sacla’ Pesto, the cream, the Grana Padano and two or three tablespoons of the cooking water.

It all needs to be mixed well and served with all the joy of an Italian summer’s day!

*Please adjust cooking times according to the type of pasta you’ve used.

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