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Old 09-05-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Peru Green Spaghetti

My X-SIL is from Peru and her grandma made green spaghetti. It was so good. I'm not sure if thats the proper name but it was spaghetti with a green sauce, i'm guessing made with basil. It was just so yummy and i was wondering if anyone knows what this is and if they have a recipe they wouldnt mind sharing. Thanks.

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Old 09-06-2007, 12:05 AM   #2
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could it have been pesto? it's not peruvian, but it's green w/basil.
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Old 09-06-2007, 12:39 PM   #3
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Just substitute green tomato for red in your spaghetti sauce recipe.
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:56 PM   #4
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debbie - did it have a sauce of tomatoes or was the sauce just the "green" stuff. It does sound like pesto since you mention basil. Did it more or less coat the spaghetti but wasn't "saucy" like a tomato sauce?
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:33 PM   #5
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I'm tellin' ya, Peruvians make their spaghetti sauce with green tomato puree, which is made by cooking 3 pounds of diced green tomatoes and a couple of tablespoons of sugar in a half cup of water for a couple of hours, then adding a diced onion, a small amount od sun dried tomatoes, heavy cream, and salt and pepper to taste.

They eat guinea pig, too! I usually don't mind trying new food items, but I draw the line at rodents! In New Caledonia, Civet de Roussette, which is a stew made with fruit bats, is a delicacy, but I don't think I'll be trying that anytime soon, either.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:52 PM   #6
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Debbie, Caine is probably correct but do you think you could be any less vague? Flavors and textures would be very helpful. By green sauce, it could be anything: pesto, a sauce like how Caine described, chimichurri, or a lobster's digestive tract.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:26 PM   #7
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eww hahaha that was funny thanks for the laugh ironchef. The last time i had it was about 7yrs ago. It wasnt saucy like a tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce. It wasnt really dry but not real saucy. I was thinking it might be a pesto. Maybe i'll try making pesto one day and see if that might be it. I tried the jar basil pesto and it was horrible & didnt bring back any memory of that great green spaghetti so thats why i sort of ruled it out and thought maybe someone on here might know another way of making it. I'm guessing homemade pesto is alot better so i'll try that.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:19 PM   #8
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Jarred pesto is awful stuff you need to make it fresh or the very least buy the pesto where they sell fresh pasta at the store.
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Old 09-06-2007, 10:17 PM   #9
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I've googled this a couple of times today, debbie. I think the dish you had was tallarin verde, which is spaghetti with a spinach-basil sauce that is creamier than your basic pesto.

However, I can't find a recipe for it!

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Peruvian Light Green Sauce - Ahi? (Aji?) - Home Cooking - Chowhound - 73k found this with a similiar question.
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