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Pasta Pesto

When you plant, tend and nurture your vegetables, fruits and herbs, you want to use them well in delicious recipes and effective remedies.  Today I prepared a delicious dish with my Genovese Basil!  My friend Cindy Parker was due to visit today to tour my house and garden.  She lives in Southeastern Ohio and doesn’t get to Columbus very often so I wanted to make something special.  The basil was ripe for the picking so I thought I would make a pasta pesto dish.  Another friend of mine is a chef and gave me her pesto recipe so I decided to make that….thanks Susie!!

Susie’s Basil Pesto

8 ounces fresh basil

2-3 cloves of garlic

1/3 cups parmesan cheese

2 tsp. pine nuts

½ cup olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor except the oil; pulse to a relatively fine consistency.  Turn the processor on and drizzle the oil through the feed tube until the sauce is the desired consistency.

Cook your fresh or dried pasta to the package or your directions and place in a bowl.  Add the pesto sauce and toss until all pasta is well coated.  I served mine with some French bread croutons and a little dash of extra cheese on top!

I had a great visit with my friend over a tasty meal….what a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Happy Gardening!

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