Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Basil Pesto with Whole Wheat Penne

2 bunches basil leaves
handful of fresh Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
fresh ground pepper

Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse into smooth. If it looks kind of clumpy just add a little more olive oil until you like the consistency. Let sit. Boil an entire box of whole wheat penne pasta. Drain. Remove and put into a large bowl. Mix the pesto with the pasta and serve immediately.

*You'll notice that traditional pesto has nuts. I don't care for the nuts so I leave them out. If you were wanting to add them you would use about a 1/2 cup of toasted pine nuts.

*This dish stands alone great, but also works well with grilled chicken as a side too.


Barefoot in the Park said...

looks delish!

Denise said...

I think I will try this.

Tara said...

this looks so good!! I just need a food processor~Maybe I will ask for one for my b-day:)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Looks yummy!!!

The Southern Housewife said...

Hey girl! Lovely pictures!!! How are the wheat noodles? Are they hard like mine come out? I don't knwo what I'm doing wrong. They always come out a bit too much al dente :(

Anonymous said...

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POOR PIPER! I hope that her new meds will clear everything up and that they don't have to do any more tests.

That Basil Pasta looks extremely yummy!

I'm praying for your Hubs to find a good job soon!

So good that you've been goin' to the gym! I'm hoping to shake this leg pain and get on the treadmill or get back going around the block next week - keep your fingers crossed for me!

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Tara said...

The Southern Housewife: You need to let the noodles go for about 2-3 minutes longer than you would a regular dry pasta noodle. I too had the problem with them being hard until I let them go a little longer about 3 years back. Now I've got PERFECT pasta every time. Hope this helps!!!