I received the FedEx package I was waiting for. Yeah!
I had everything on hand to make dinner - pesto pasta and a fresh tomato salad.
It's nice when everything falls into place.
You can't beat fresh pesto for a quick, super-flavorful dinner. I made it fun for Elli and served it with shell pasta- which are perfect with pesto. They grab the sauce beautifully.
For a salad I sliced some mozzarella, piled on diced heirloom tomato's and fresh basil, then drizzeled it with a splash of balsamic and olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Mmm, mmm, mmm.
Both dishes were so flavorful and yummy. I - LOVE - SUMMER!!!
I never used to make fresh pesto. I don't know why. It's so easy to make. It helps to have a food processor. But it really couldn't get any easier. Throw basil, pinenuts, parmesan and a little salt and pepper in the food processer. Chop it up. Gradually pour in the olive oil. Done.
In food processor combine:
4 cups basil
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 clove garlic
dash of salt and pepper
Slowly pour in 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil.
Toss it on hot pasta. And dinner is served. Save the extra pesto. I usually just throw it in a small ziplock and freeze it for another time. Then I really have an instant dinner. Yeah!!!!
Open a bottle of red wine and bon appetite!