i am having so much fun gardening in my raised beds for the first time...i thought i would take you along on this journey with me!
i will be sharing a few recipes with you over the next few months...simple and easy recipes that you can enjoy during the season...even if you don't have your own garden, you can pick up the ingredients at your local farmer's market or grocery...let's go!
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
4 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 pound of grated cheese
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups olive oil
Add first six ingredients to a food processor along with 1/2 cup of the olive oil. Process for 30 seconds. Add the remaining olive oil and process until smooth.
I make two batches of this recipe at a time. I keep a small jar of it in the refrigerator to use right away; then I freeze the remaining pesto in these wonderful little cubes called "Pesto Cubes"... they have attached hinged lids to prevent freezer burn. When you want to use them, you take a few out of the freezer and run them under hot water.
Pesto is such a versatile and delicious addition to many meals...it can be used on sandwiches/paninis, chicken, homemade pizza or pasta (among other things).
Here I used it on orecchiette...orecchiette is a kind of home-made pasta typical of Puglia, Apulia, a region of Southern Italy. Its name comes from its shape, which reminds one of a small ear. In Italian, orecchio, means ear, and the suffix 'etto' means 'small'. Cook the pasta according to directions. Then toss it first with some olive oil to coat, then add a few spoonfuls of the freshly made pesto. then some cherry tomatoes from the garden! To dress it up, you can add a few basil leaves to the top of the dish....delizioso!