My big brother Ted got really lucky when he married my sister-in-law Stefania. Not only is she an absolutely incredible woman that I adore, but her family is just so wonderful too. Her mother Giovanna is an opera singer from Italy. I’ll never forget the goosebumps I got when she sang at their wedding. She also happens to be ridiculously talented in the kitchen. When my own wedding to Marc came around years later, Giovanna completely blew me away with the sweetest surprise. She sent a beautiful note, a gorgeous pasta bowl, and her recipe for her favorite five nut pesto sauce. I had never had a pesto sauce like this before! It was also really easy and quick to get on the table. I tossed it with my favorite gluten-free fusilli, so this five nut pesto sauce easily became a vegetarian and gluten-free meal!
I also quickly cooked a pound of pasta and just tossed it with the sauce. The whole dish came together in 20 minutes! I served it in the big, pretty bowl Giovanna gave us family style with lots of extra pecorino romano cheese to sprinkle on top. This five nut pesto sauce was such a special recipe from an even more special lady. It’s pretty great having extended family like Giovanna!