Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Presto! It's Pesto!

A warm summer evening can be well complemented by a relaxing and fresh summer dinner. Some of the best ingredients for a light meal can come right from your garden. Homemade sauces made out of ingrediants found right in your garden are a sure-fire way to impress your guests.

Basil, one of my favorite herbs, can be served as part of a dish or made into pesto sauce. An insalata caprese can be an excellent lunch or a light first course for a meal. For dinner, it’s quick and easy to make your own pesto sauce. Try the recipe below with your favorite pasta.

My Favorite Pesto:
In a blender, mix 2 cups fresh basil leaves, about a half cup of olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, about a quarter cup of pine nuts or walnuts and a dash of salt. Grind to a paste. Serve over your favorite freshly cooked pasta. Add a few sliced cherry tomatoes and some fresh parmesan cheese for a real summer treat.