Basil was abundant in Vermont so the boy made pesto for our pasta meal. It’s amazing how easy it is to make dinner with just the right, fresh ingredient. Back in New York City, I replicated the dish. Can you guess which one is mine?
half a box of penne
1/2 pound of fresh basil leaves, rinsed well and roughly chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
a handful of pine nuts
2 tsps lemon juice
salt, pepper, olive oil
1. Make the pesto. In a food processor, pulse basil, pine nuts and garlic to combine. Slowly drizzle a little bit of olive oil while pulsing. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
2. Boil a pot of water and add penne with a little salt and olive oil for about 15 minutes. Shock cooked pasta with cold water and drain.
3. In a large bowl, combine a small amount of pesto with the penne. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if necessary or add another jig of olive oil for more moisture.