Sunday, July 24, 2011

Quick and Easy Summer Meal

Fresh Basil


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!



Heather at Willow Cottage said...

This looks so good. I have actually NEVER made one of Giada's recipes. I might have to try this one. I love your basil picture. It is so beautiful.

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Looks delicious!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I am such a fan of pesto. YOur beautiful photography is making me so hungry! Thank you for participating in ON THE MENU MONDAY. This recipe is the perfect summer supper!

kitty said...

I was so happy to see that someone else out there loves Dreamfields pasta!!! Isn't it fabulous? The pesto sounds wonderful & it just so happens I have some growing.

cookingmisadventures said...

I visited your site because the picture of the pesto looked so good - and now to find out how easy this recipe is?? Score! Thank you for sharing! ~ Courtney

Franka said...

I can smell your meal over the ocean!
Must taste wonderful!


Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh your basil looks heavenly. Mine is just lagging this year. Not sure why.

Conny's Cottage said...

Great job

i loveit

hugs Conny

Miz Helen said...

I am visiting from OTMM at StoneGable.
We have some wonderful Basil from our Herb Garden right now and this will be a great recipe to try. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
Miz Helen

Myrna said...

OOOOh! Delish!! I've got a big bush of basil and you've inspired me to make some pesto!! Thanks for the recipe!
You have a lovely blog!!

Red Rose Alley said...

That looks delicious. I'll have Jess and Nel come on over and check this recipe out. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great week ahead.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Sherry said...

That sounds delicious. That is just what I need to put on the pasta I bought this week. Thanks for stopping by!

The Summer Porch said...

Hi Lynn ~ Oh how I love pasta! Especially pesto, another recipe I will be trying out. Great ideas you have! I know the heat has been bad, hopefully it will cool enough to enjoy our summer!
Lots of hugs Rosemary x

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I, too, love pasta and pesto or fresh basil or garlic and oil......or fresh tomatoes. This recipe has my mouth watering. And the photo of the fresh basil is wonderful!

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⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

mmmm...I can smell and taste it from here. thanks for joining and sharing with my newbie party.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That pesto looks amazing and I just happen to have some basil in the garden. I want to make some ASAP :) Every week I host a recipe spotlight where foodies come and show of their recipes from the weekend I'd love for you to come on over. Have a blessed day.

Julie said...

Hi! My basil is growing like crazy. I need to make pesto. Your photographs are beautiful!

June Scott said...

Thanks, Lynn! I've been looking for a good pesto recipe, I think I'll try yours! I'm growing Basil in my AuroGarden this time around, so I think I have enough! Blessings,

Emily said...

I'm a pesto LOVER! wow, sooo yummy! Would love it if you came and shared this recipe with us at Tasty Tuesday!