Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Place pasta in a large bowl.
Combine basil and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth. Add basil mixture, tomatoes, and 5 ounces mozzarella to pasta; toss to combine. Top with remaining 5 ounces mozzarella and Romano cheese.
I used regular pasta, not the whole grain. Tip to prevent the "ugly" color, a few drops of lemon juice. We thought this was perfect along side BBQ meat. I'd make this for a potluck in a heartbeat. I did use 2 garlic cloves and since you can't really call it pesto without a nut, I added 1/4 cup of pinenuts to the pesto. Will make again.
The list of ingredients calls for 3 ounces of mozzarella but the instructions list 10 ounces -- anybody? Another thing: the numbers are printed to small in each place that even with supplemental reading glasses, they are very hard to read. Why so small?
I made this last night but added some leftover chopped roasted chicken. I also used Trader Joe"s mini heirloom tomatoes (less expensive) rather than buying grape and cherry tomatoes. Keeper--light meal for a warm evening.warm
I had the ingredients and was able to get dinner done in an hour. It's good, but not great so I won't make it again as there are so many others to try. It's like a first date, and there's no reason to see him again.
We made this for lunch and it was delicious! We doubled the garlic because we love garlic but otherwise made it exactly to the recipe. The pesto didn't come out super smooth in the full size food processor so I will probably use the mini one next time, but it was delicious even so. Nice light meal.