Basil and Pancetta Pasta

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Basil and Pancetta Pasta
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Difficulty:
easy
Difficulty
Preparation:
20 min.
Preparation
ready in 30 min.
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How healthy are the main ingredients?
garlic

Ingredients

for
6
Ingredients
2 cups
fresh Basil leaves (packed and chopped; plus extra for garnish)
0.333 cup
cup
extra virgin olive oil
½ cup
3 cloves
garlic (pressed)
kosher salt (or sea salt)
freshly ground Black pepper (to taste)
½ tablespoon
1
onion (peeled and thinly sliced)
1 ½ cups
Pancetta (cut into strips)
8 cups

Preparation steps

1.
Place chopped basil and pine nuts into a food processor. Add about 1/3 of the olive oil and puree until smooth. Stir in the remaining oil, grated cheese, garlic and season to taste with salt and pepper.
2.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 9 minutes.
3.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil; add the onions and pancetta; cook until the onions are soft and translucent, and the pancetta is lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Remove onions and pancetta from skillet using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
4.
Drain pasta and mix well with pesto, onions and pancetta. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Divide between bowls and serve.