Pesto pasta- no cook bags

by - https://thebatchlady.com/r/3368/

I love ‘No Cook’ bag days! No Cook bags are bags filled with most of the raw ingredients needed for a recipe ready to defrost and cook later. Pesto pasta is a favourite in this house so I always make 3 bags each time I do this recipe.

Prep Time
Cook Time
Total Time
Difficulty
Intermediate
Cuisine
Italian
Servings
4

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories
651kcal
Fat
65.6g
Sat. Fat
12.6g
Carbs
7.8g
Sugars
2.3g
Fibre
1.4g
Protein
10.5g
Salt
668mg
Ingredients
Serves

Ingredients

For the homemade Pesto

  • Pine nuts
    0.33 cups (5 tablespoon)
  • Olive oil
    0.66 cups (11 tablespoon)
  • Frozen chopped garlic
    2 tsp
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
    0.33 cups (5 tablespoon)
  • Basil leaves
    2 cups
  • Salt
    0.5 tsp

For the no cook bag

  • Frozen pre-cut onion
    1 cup (115 g)
  • Uncooked back bacon
    6
  • Ice cubes of pesto pasta (as made above)
    6

Method

  1. Start by making the pesto, as it will have to freeze for a few hours.

  2. Take all the pesto ingredients and add them to a blender, whiz them up until you have a good consistency for your pesto sauce. You can add more oil if it is too thick.

  3. Pour the mixture from the blender jug into ice cube trays and freeze.

  4. It’s a good idea to make ½ filled ice cubes of pesto too as there are lots of other recipes on the batch lady that use these.

  5. Once frozen, decant the pesto from the ice cube tray and put the little cubes in a Freezer Bag for later, or continue on below to make your pesto no-cook bags.

  6. For the No Cook Bags

    In each bag put 8 frozen pesto cubes
    1 cup of frozen pre-cut onions
    6 uncooked rashers of back Bacon cut into strips

  7. Ready to eat

    On the day you want to use this, simply take it out of the freezer, transfer the pesto cubes to a bowl and leave it all to defrost. (Best practice is overnight in the fridge). Once defrosted, put a little oil in a frying pan, add the onions and bacon over a medium to high heat and cook well – about 10 minutes. At the same time, cook your pasta in a separate pan. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add the cooked bacon, onions and pesto. Enjoy!

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