Wednesday, August 6, 2008

basil fanatic

You may have noticed that most of the summer recipes I share feature basil on a regular basis. I love it. And garlic, and tomatoes. So just to keep the theme going, here is another fab summer dish that will just make you happy. (Yes Tracy M, this is the one you made for the picnic-thanks again for the wine!)

Pasta and Pesto Salad

1 lb pasta (any shape)
1 tub store bought pesto (Archer Farms brand is on sale this week)
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (this gives it a nice light flavor)
2 scallions (I skipped these)
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 lb bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls) or 1 ball of fresh mozz, cubed
1 c. fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta to al dente, drain and run under cold water to shock and cool.
Place pesto in a large bowl, add lemon juice and zest, along with scallions (or not), tomatoes, and cheese. Then throw in the very well drained pasta, stir up from the bottom and coat the noodles evenly. Season with salt and pepper, tear up the basil and fold it in. I added my own touch to this by toasting some pine nuts to throw on top, along with a little freshly grated parmesan.

Again, crusty bread and a chilled wine are a must with this.

Off to grout my kitchen tile, enjoy!

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