Lawnmower Pasta

Lawnmower Pasta
From the kitchen of Chef Tse (

Serves 4


  • 1 8 ounce package pasta
  • 1 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt


  • Place peppercorns in a plastic bag and crush with the back of a pan or a hammer.
  • Coarsely chop parsley and garlic.
  • Put parsley, garlic, peppercorns, and salt in the bowl of a mortar and pestle* and grind until it resembles a coarse paste.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, a little at a time. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add pasta, bring water to a boil, and cook according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Place pasta in a large bowl and add parley puree and cheese.
  • Mix well; taste and season with salt.
  • Divide pasta among plates and serve immediately.

* Cooks note: if you don’t have a mortar and pestle, process everything in a small food processor. No food processor? Finely chop the garlic and parsley and grind the peppercorns. Mash everything with the back of a spoon and drizzle in the olive oil.


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