Spaghetti with Lemon Balm Pesto

    55 minutes

    Here's a break from traditional pesto - use lemon balm instead of basil for an amazing kick! You've never had anything quite like it.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 cups lemon balm leaves
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 250g spaghetti
    • 500g tinned whole tomatoes, undrained
    • 3 onions, chopped
    • 5 dried shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Combine the lemon balm, olive oil and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Process until combined but still slightly chunky. Reserve.
    2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling stir in the spaghetti and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well.
    3. Combine the tomatoes, onions and dried mushrooms in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon. Cook until the tomato liquid has partially evaporated, about 15 minutes. Stir in the arrowroot, salt and the prepared lemon balm pesto. Simmer to blend the flavours and thicken the sauce, about 5 minutes.
    4. Serve the lemon balm pesto sauce over the hot cooked spaghetti.

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    Delicious! Next time I think I will try only using 1 and a 1/2 or 2 onions and maybe add one more can of tomato. All-in-all...a wonderful recipe! Glad to finally find something to make with all the lemon balm from my garden.  -  24 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Good use of lemon balm. Definitely cut back on onions, 1 is plenty. Saute onions before combining with tomatoes. Shitake's were lost. Try button mushrooms, maybe add zucchini. Color is unattractive, but taste is excellent.  -  15 Jul 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was a fantastic recipe. Loved it.  -  25 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)