Tarragon Pesto and Pasta

Serves 4
  • 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)

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.