Pasta and salads tossed in pesto seem exotic and look tricky to whip up. But the fact is that they require simple basic ingredients and can be made in a few minutes if you have all ingredients in hand.
The best part is that you can store it for a few weeks in an airtight jar in the refrigerator or freezer.
The reason why a lot of people dress their salads, fill their sandwiches and toss their pasta in this sauce is that it has minimal calories but pack a punch in terms of flavor and taste.
– Lemon juice – Juice from one lemon
– Fresh Basil leaves – 1 Cup
– Olive Oil – 3 Tbsp.
– Garlic – 1 Tbsp.
– Pine Nuts – 2 Tbsp.
How you make it?
– Place all the ingredients in a food blender and process to a fine paste, till all the ingredients are well blended to a puree. Add salt according to one’s taste.
– Toss it in pre-cooked pasta, spread onto your toasted breads or mix it with your favorite salad veggies and enjoy a healthy spread.
This is a great way to sneak in greens to your kids and looks cool. You can double or triple the quantities depending on how many people you need to feed.
The pine nuts can be substituted for walnuts if you are looking to add more Omega-3 o your diet.
I always keep a batch handy to be used for those sudden surprise guests.