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The Plantain Pesto Penne inherits Nigerian and Icelandic ingredients to forge its own path to pasta glory. The plantain serves as a base for a creamy pesto while hearty vegetables and shrimp adds texture and dimensionality to the whole dish. While it might take some practice to clearly articulate its tongue-twisting name, you will fall in love with the taste on the first try.

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Plantain Pesto Penne
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Plantain Pesto
Pasta
Servings
Ingredients
Plantain Pesto
Pasta
Instructions
  1. To make the plantain pesto: Add peeled plantain pieces to a food processor. Grind until smooth. Add garlic + lemon juice + basil + black pepper + salt + crushed red pepper and blend.
  2. In a pot of salted water, cook the penne for 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and pour olive oil on the bottom of the pan. Place the shrimp in one layer on the pan and sprinkle the lemon juice and 1/2 the cajun seasoning over the shrimp. Cook for 2 minutes and flip the shrimp, sprinkling the rest of the cajun seasoning. Remove the shrimp onto a plate and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add the leeks and cabbage and cook for 5 minutes and scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the plantain pesto and milk and cook for 2 minutes until you have a creamy sauce.
  5. Add the cooked penne and mix well so that each penne is coated with the sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes, mixing constantly. Add the tomatoes and remove from heat.
  6. Plate a 2 cups of penne mixture onto a plate and top with shrimp. Garnish with chiffonade basil.
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