Fresh pesto is delicious, easy, and bursting with flavor. It’s also incredibly versatile in that you can use many different types of greens to modify the flavor. Today I was so happy my experiment with turning French mâche into delicious Pesto proved to be delightful and nutritious.
To make the pesto, I paired the mâche lettuce (pronounced [mosh]) with champagne pear vinegar because both are so delicate and flavorful. I kept the dish very simple; I tossed pasta with garlic and a little cream. Once the pasta was well coated, I added the mâche pesto and finished the dish with lemon zest and colorful peppercorns.
The flavor combination was inspired by store-bought lemon pepper-flavored pappardelle pasta. I repeated the same flavors using lemons, green, pink and black peppercorns and a touch of champagne pear vinegar (doesn't that sound luxurious?) that I recently received from our friend Jacilyn from Bellindora. This company is four-generation family owned and is located in the heart of California's San Joaquin wine country. I've tried both their premium vinegars (cherry balsamic and champagne vinegar) as well as their fruity extra-virgin olive oil and they make wonderful pestos and salad dressings. If you want to win this trio of bottles, enter today's Bellindora giveaway!
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