Potatoes and Pasta with Herb Paste Recipe

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This dish comes from the new Home Food department of  Grit. This potatoes and pasta with herb paste recipe uses homegrown sustainable seasonal foods like potatoes and herbs to make the most of this delicious herb, pasta and potato combination.

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Potatoes and Pasta with Herb Paste Recipe

Adapted from The Savory Way by Deborah Madison

Peel, cut into bite-size pieces and boil in salted water until tender:

1 pound White Rose or red potatoes

In a second pot of boiling water, cook 1/2 pound orecchiette or other small pasta and salt to taste.

Meanwhile, roughly chop:

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary (1 teaspoon dried)
12 fresh sage leaves (1 teaspoon dried)
1/4 cup parsley leaves
3 large garlic cloves

Place in mortar and pound with:

15 peppercorns
5 juniper berries
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Put herb-garlic mix in a bowl with:

2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1/3 cup unsalted butter

When potatoes and pasta are done, drain them, add to herbs, toss together and devour.