Monday, June 11, 2012

Pasta with Minty Hot No Cook Sauce

On Saturday, I caught up on some of my DVRed Food Network shows.  I watched Giada make a super easy sauce that looked interesting (mint + habanero peppers!)  & easy (minimal cooking required), so made it that night. Since all you are doing for this recipe is just boiling some water for pasta, this is really a perfect summer dinner.  I bet it would make great left overs - but there weren't any... next time.

Now, I'm thinking that maybe I dreamed the whole thing because I can't find the link on line, so I'll give you my rendition at the very least of what I believed to have watched Giada make.

  1. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  2. 2 cloves of garlic (roughly chopped)
  3. 2 handfuls of fresh mint leaves
  4. 1 jalapeno pepper (or habanero) - halved with seeds & ribs removed (leave the seeds if you want it extra hot!)
  5. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  6. salt
  7. pepper
  8. 1/2 cup freshly grated roman cheese*

Make it!
  1. Puree the first seven ingredients together in a food processor or blender & set aside.
  2. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente.
  3. Drain pasta & toss immediately with romano cheese (if you only have parmesan - use that too - this extra cheese helps the sauce stick to the pasta. mmm cheese!)
  4. Add the minty hot sauce to the pasta, toss & serve.
  5. If you're up to throwing another ingredient into the mix add some cut steamed asparagus.

Check after the jump to see if this recipe was hubby approved...


  1. This looks insanely good - on my to-do list! And how cute is "hubby-tested, hubby-approved?!?"

    1. definitely make it. sooo good. and you can never have too much cheese!

      and yes he's the cutest :)

      thanks for reading!