Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
Wearing gloves, pull the nettle leaves off the stems. Discard the stems. Prepare a
large bowl filled ¾ of the way with cold water and ice. Bring a large pot of water to
boil. Salt the water and add the nettles. Cook just for a minute or two, until the
nettles are bright green. Drain the nettles and add to the ice water. Purée the garlic
and nuts in a food processor. Drain the nettles and squeeze out all of the water.
Add the nettles and enough olive oil to create a smooth purée. Season with salt and
Once water is boiling cook nettle pasta for 7 minutes, them drain and toss with pesto. Divide between two plates and top with cheese of your choice.