Provençal pistou is wonderful. So often we think of it as a bastardization of pesto, but it's its own thing, with more garlic, the requisite basil and olive oil, and then that sweet chewy charm of sun-dried tomatoes—all the flavor of Provence—smashed into this gorgeously thick, garnet paste. I toss it with fresh tagliatelle, the pasta of Provence, and it becomes a tangle of light, southern comfort. Between the fresh pasta and blitzed up sauce, it's the perfect Provencal dinner in five.
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 1/2 cups fresh basil
- 20 sundried tomatoes (a full half cup)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- 6 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound fresh tagliatelle
Bring a large pot of water to boil. While the water is heating, make the pistou. Add the garlic to the food processor, and blitz it to smithereens. Add the basil, sundried tomato, Parmigiano Reggiano, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Blitz in the food processor until you have the consistency of a pesto, scraping down the sides of the bowl once to make sure everything is evenly incorporated.
Salt the boiling water, and cook the tagliatelle for just about 4 minutes, until just cooked. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Toss the tagliatelle with the pistou, adding pasta water as needed to thin out the sauce. Serve immediately.