Pesto can be made with any herb and nut combination. Here the subtle flavor of dill combines with sweet, toasted pecans.
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2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup toasted pecans, plus more for garnish
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups fresh dill
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound rotini pasta
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons dill fronds
How to Make It
In a food processor with the motor running, drop in the garlic and finely chop. Add 1/2 cup of the nuts, cheese, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and pulse to finely chop. Add the dill and pulse to finely chop. With the motor running, add the oil, blending to combine.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta. Toss the pasta with the pesto and about half the reserved cooking water. Add more water for a looser consistency.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve, sprinkled with additional pecans, the dill fronds and dollops of the sour cream.
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