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Comfort Food: Pesto Pasta

In the summer, when my basil starts going wild, I pick it and make up batches of pesto and then freeze them.  In the winter, when I’m looking for a little summer memory, I make up a batch of pasta, mix in the pesto and sprinkle with some freshly grated parmesan.  In this case, while the pasta was cooking I sauteed onions, shallots and zucchini and added them to the pasta once the pesto was evenly mixed in. 
Healthy.  Simple.  Comfort.  Tasty!
  1. Alice permalink
    22-Mar-2006 5:53 am

    This looks so yummy! The pics on your space is making me HUNGRY! It\’s only 7:45 AM here though.  
    I love basil. Last year I planted Italian and Thai Basil in my garden (happens to be near my patio/pool deck area). They grew like mad and pretty much overtook the garden. Unfortunately, in addition to warding off mosquitos, they attract bees like crazy. It got to where I couldn\’t even harvest them b/c of my fear of bees. When fall came and the weather grew cool. I went out there and pull all the basil out by root.  This year – potted version only and at the far edge of the yard – away from the "social" spot!

  2. Culinary permalink
    22-Mar-2006 2:21 pm

    Hi Al!
    Thanks for stopping by.  I wish I could get my basil to go wild but I normally do keep it in pots so that I can get it going sooner in the year.  Since it often stays cool here well into May, I can bring the pots in at night if I need to. I don\’t think I\’ve ever had trouble with bees though – not on basil anyway.  But I always pinch back any flowers as they start coming out and that might make the difference.  So  I\’m jealous – bees and all! :-) 
    ~ B

  3. Richard permalink
    02-Apr-2006 5:35 pm

    Where do I find this recipe, I am from South Philly originallyand love my pasta Help me out here!!! I like to try cook and would love to try this sometime.. Also do you have anything for Swordfish, Or shark steaks…

  4. Culinary permalink
    03-Apr-2006 7:15 pm

    Hi HellRaiser!
    This recipe is really easy and you actually don\’t need a recipe if you buy prepared pesto.  I make mine from scratch but it\’s available in nearly every grocery store today.  While your pasta is boiling, saute your veggies in a little olive oil just until tender – maybe 6 or 7 minutes depending on what you are sauteing.  Then drain the pasta and mix in the veggies and a little pesto – start with a little and add more if needed.  You don\’t want it to pesto-y.  It should just barely coat the pasta and veggies. 
    ~ B 

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