Nastri with Spring Vegetables, Goat Cheese and Pesto
1 carrot, peeled and cut into long ribbons (use a vegetable peeler)
1 chioggia beet (or substitute with golden beet), boiled until tender, approx. 30 minutes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 small bunch of asparagus, washed, stemmed, and sliced diagonally
1 small handful of snow peas, stemmed
6 sprigs watercress (1/4 cup baby kale or baby arugula may be substituted)
1 bag of Nastri Artisan Pasta (available at Seasons)
1/4 cup Seasons Arbequina Gran Cru olive oil
3 tbs. Pesto alla Genovese (available at Seasons)
1/4 tsp. Seasons fleur de sel
2 oz. goat cheese
fresh spring blossoms or fresh basil leaves for garnish
Combine Arbequina extra virgin olive oil, pesto, and fleur de sel in a large stainless bowl, stir well. Set aside.
Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large stock pot. Add 1/2 pkg. Nastri to water, and boil for 9 minutes. Add prepared vegetables (not watercress) to boiling water with the Nastri. Immediately drain pasta and vegetables together in a large colander.
Place drained hot pasta and vegetables in large stainless bowl with the olive oil mixture, sprinkle with goat cheese and torn watercress, toss gently just until pasta and vegetables are coated with olive oil mixture. Divide onto serving plates. Garnish with fresh spring edible blossoms if available, or fresh basil leaves.