BASIL PESTO-from everyday italian, Giada De Laurentiis
2 cups packed fresh basil
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp. salt + more to taste
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper + more to taste
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
I add red pepper flakes to this recipe, we love spicy foods! Add to taste, if you like.
In a food processor, pulse basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper until finely chopped.
While processing, gradually add olive oil until smooth and thick consistency.
Transfer pesto to bowl and add cheese.
Cook desired pasta according to directions. When draining pasta, save a little water. Add pesto to pasta, add a bit of water, the fresh pesto is thick-use just enough water so pesto coats the pasta. Don't add too much, you don't want to create a soup.
For a quick meal, I add sauteed chicken breast to the pesto pasta.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
Saute in garlic and olive oil. Toss into pasta.
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Hope you enjoy this dish. It's quick, easy and delicious!