Sunday night Pesto

There are few things more summery to me than pesto.  Well, okay – maybe that’s a strong statement.  Consider these very summery things:

  • Mosquito bites
  • Fresh peaches and nectarines
  • Farmer’s markets
  • Lightning bugs
  • Fresh-squeezed lemonade
  • Patios
  • Lakes and beaches
  • Berries
  • Adirondack chairs
  • Tiki torches
  • Gardens
  • Watermelon
  • Freshly-mowed grass
  • Thunderstorms
  • Ice cream
  • Mojitos
  • A cold beer and/or chilled white wine
  • BBQs
  • Cabins
  • Etc.  Etc.  Etc.

So, yes.  There are many other summery things besides pesto.  But let’s take a moment to reflect on the magical goodness of pesto:

  • Fresh basil….ahhhh, that delicious SMELL.  Summer, summer, summer.
  • Garlic.  Bring it.
  • Parmesan.  It’s CHEESE….need I say more?
  • Extra virgin olive oil.  Almost like adding velvet to an already-delish mixture to bring it all together.

Here, we are, the weekend before Labor Day, and we’re doing what we can to keep summer alive with food.

As already discussed in a previous post, our garden hasn’t exactly produced mass quantities of anything [yet].  We needed to supplement our meager supply of basil with a bunch from the farmer’s market.

our basil plants

handful of basil

Handful of basil

The Cuisinart is loaded:

Cuisinart of basil

Gosh, I love our food processor….what a nifty machine to have in the kitchen.

I added six garlic cloves and blended away.

In went about a cup of Romano cheese (I didn’t have Parmesan, but this seemed like an acceptable substitute).  Also can’t forget fresh cracked pepper.

basil and cheese

basil/garlic/cheese

Then extra virgin olive oil (OO) – unspecified amount – I just poured in and whirled away.

And now we have….

Pesto!

Pesto!

Beautiful, velvety, vibrant, garlicky, PESTO.  YUM-A.

I boiled a box of whole wheat Rotini:

boiling noodles

What pasta meal would be complete without garlic bread?  Um, no pasta meal.

garlic bread oven

When the noodles were done, I scooped them into a big bowl.  I saved the pasta water.

I thought I’d try something tonight….I added a couple of dollops of ricotta cheese to the warm noodles for added cheesy and creaminess.

noodles/ricotta

noodles/ricotta mixed

Then added the pesto (with a couple spoonfuls of pasta water to keep it saucy):

pesto into noodles

And now we have….

pesto noodles

Pesto noodles!

Garlic bread is out of the oven:

garlic bread done

Time to plate up!

pesto plate

OmigoshhowIlovepesto.  So, SO tasty – and a big thumbs-up to the ricotta addition.  DT and I both had seconds.  😉

Ohhhh boy, do we ever smell like garlic tonight!

Here’s to a great week!  🙂

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