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Vegetarian Chai Tea Linguine Tossed In Homemade Lemongrass Pesto with Dried Fruits & Nuts

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We teamed up with the local chai favorite of out of Boulder, CO - Bhakti Chai - to bring you this sweet & savory vegetarian dish! 

Serving Size: 
4-6
Ingredients: 

1 lb. Pappardelle’s Chai Tea Linguine
3 tbsp. butter
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup of the following fruits & nuts, chopped: pecans, almonds, apricot, raisins, dried mango
1 handful of parsley, chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbsp. Bella Sol California EVOO

Lemongrass Pesto:
2 lemongrass stalks, finely chopped
½ clove garlic, chopped
¼-inch knob ginger, peeled
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped 
½ bunch parsley
Juice of 1 lime
1.5 oz. cashew nuts
3-½ tbsp. Bella Sol California EVOO
Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions: 

1. Grind cashews in a food processor until they are a fine powder without lumps. Remove cashew powder from food processor.
2. Grind the lemongrass in a food processor. Add garlic and ginger and continue to grind until completely smooth. Add cilantro. Add 3-½ tbsp. of EVOO, lime juice and salt & pepper. Blend until smooth.
3. Add cashew powder to the lemongrass mixture and blend again. (If the pesto is too thick, add 1-2 tbsp. of water and blend.) Set lemongrass pesto aside.
4. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil, and cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 8-10 mins. Drain pasta and set aside in a large bowl. Drizzle with remaining EVOO. 
5. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat and let it become foamy. Add the chopped fruit and remaining nuts. Toss and cook until the butter is light brown, about 2-3 mins. Turn off the heat. 
6. Add the pasta, parsley, and desired amount of lemongrass pesto to the pot. Stir together. Plate and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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