pasta salad with pesto and mushrooms



hooray - time for another round of presto pasta night over at ruth's blog once upon a feast! i needed to do a quick recipe today. and this for several reasons: work is crazy, there is a new episode of germanys next top model on tv (don't hate me - i just love to see bruce darnell cry and shiver), followed by a brand new 2 hour long episode of greys anatomy that i will dowload asap and about a gazillion entries for browniebabe of the month that need to be looked at and drooled over. the roundup will be ready tomorrow evening - we got some killer brownie recipes and will crown the first browniebabe ever - so come back!
back to the pasta dish: it's a simple pasta salad with fried mushroom, some thyme, tiny bits of bacon and some lightly roasted pine nuts. i was too tired to make a dressing, so i simply used some pesto that needed to die anyway. the result is a nice and hearty pasta salad that's packed with flavour. another plus: any leftovers make a great take-out for tomorrows lunch at work.



RECIPE
makes a full meal for 2 - or just a nice bowl of pasta salad for a summer picnic

250g fusilli
2-3 tablespoons of basil-pesto
1 shallot, finely diced
4 strips of streaky bacon, cut in small cubes or strips
150g cremini mushrooms, sliced
a hand full of fresh tyme
freshly ground salt and pepper
a hand full of lightly roasted pine nuts

boil some salted water in a pan and cook the fusilli until al dente.
heat some olive oil in a frying pan, cook the shallots until just turning soft, add cremini mushrooms and cook until soft. then add the bacon and fry until lightly browned and add thyme. season with salt and pepper and mix well.
drain pasta, put in a bowl and mix with the pesto while pasta is still warm. then add mushroom mixture, mix well and sprinkle with the pine nuts.
tuck in!