Tarragon Pesto and Pasta

Easy
Serves 4
Ingredients: 

1 cup packed fresh tarragon

1 cup packed fresh parsley

2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp. pine nuts

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/3 cup olive oil

3 tbsp. fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1 lb. penne pasta, cooked al dente

2 cups shredded roasted or rotisserie chicken (optional)

2 cups cooked green beans (optional)

1 cup small grape tomatoes (optional)

Instructions: 

In food processor bowl, process first 5 ingredients until smooth; gradually add olive oil while continuing to blend. Stir in Parmesan cheese.

To Serve: Toss pesto with pasta, adding chicken, green beans and tomatoes, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Nan Bailly at Alexis Bailly Winery.

Good to Know: If you like the flavor of black licorice, you'll love this take on pesto. Fresh basil can be substituted for the tarragon for a classic pesto sauce.