We're featuring something new for our weekly recipe linky. When we received our package of Jovial Einkorn pasta, one question rose immediately in our house--exactly what is einkorn?
After reading the enclosed information, my 8 year old and I decided to go ahead and google it. Einkorn, a type of grain, is considered to be original species of domesticated wheat. Roots are traced back to the first farming communities, nearly 12,000 years ago, in the upper regions of the Fertile Crescent, near modern-day Turkey. Einkorn is a good source of protein, B vitamins and fiber, as well as a non-hybridized crop and considered to be the most genetically pure wheat source. Einkorn is also believed to be the last meal of "Otzi", the perfectly preserved Bronze Age man, found in a glacier in the Alps.
The once-history teacher in me enjoyed the research, while the now-food blogger wanted to head into the to see just what it tasted like. To complement the Jovial pasta, I chose to make a simple fresh pesto with chicken, seasoned with crushed red peppers. The flavors worked well together, and we were quite happy with the taste of the Einkorn pasta--it's always nice to find a healthy food with a good taste too. For more details on the pasta visitwww.jovialfoods.com.
Bring water to a boil, add Jovial pasta, then cook till desired consistency.
Slice chicken, season with garlic, onion, herbs and stir fry in a bit of olive oil until cooked thoroughly.
2 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
3-4 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Add ingredients in order, taking time to have a smooth blend before adding the next.
In small food processor/chopper, chop basil till leaves are small & fine.
Add pine nuts, process again till smooth.
Add garlic, process once again. (I buy jarred minced garlic to simplify.)
Add parmesan, process again. By now, the ingredients should have formed a thick paste.
Add oil and process until smooth.
Depending on taste, more garlic or parmesan may be desired.
Serve over pasta and chicken.
Shannon is a mom to two children, ages 5 and almost 8 years old. She writes "What's for Lunch at Our House", her 3 year and counting bento blog, focusing on healthy, unique ways to feed children, with an emphasis on balance and presentation.
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