Linguine with herb battuto

Linguine with herb battuto

Yield: 2

Battuto is one of the foundations of Italian food, a bit like a mirepoix or a soffrito. This version is a play on a classic Italian sauce (called battutto di erbe) and is similar to pesto. I’ve omitted the cheese and the nuts and focused on fresh herbs and a bit of garlic. Toss this clean pasta with more arugula for a light meal, or bulk it up with some simple grilled meat or fish.

Ingredients

  • 5 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp chopped sage
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup arugula, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 250 grams linguine

Instructions

  1. Place garlic, rosemary, sage and oregano into a pot and cover with olive oil. Place over medium heat and cook until garlic is soft and just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Place oil and herbs into a food processor or blender with parsley and arugula. Process until the sauce is smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions and reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid. Drain and toss with batutto, loosening with reserved pasta water if necessary. Adjust seasoning if necessary and garnish with additional arugula.

Notes

Fresh herbs!

Don’t worry about chopping them too finely, the whole sauce gets run through a food processor

Gently cooked in olive oil