Pasta al Pesto

When the chief and posse are away, the second-in-command will play.

With food, that is.

I have embraced being completely on my own for the past two days, unpacking and doing the laundry, catching up on the dust around the house, sorting through copious amount of mail (I was only gone for 4 days!), collecting the puppies from their respective sitters (and giving them much needed baths), and most importantly, stocking the house with food in anticipation of everyone’s return.

Including a show stopping dessert. 🙂

But last night, I decided to treat myself and make one of my absolute favorite pasta dishes – since I’m pretty much the only one that will eat it.


And, as an added bonus, my basil plant from Trader Joe’s is blooming like crazy.

Well, the parts that Dyna the Indomitable Dachshund hasn’t eaten. Who knew that a little German dog has such a passion for basil?

Pesto Sauce – adapted from Food Network

2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 large bunch basil, about 1/4 pound, well washed and dried
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In the bowl of a food processor, put the garlic, pine nuts, the basil, and the oil into the bowl and process it until the ingredients form a smooth paste. Add the Parmesan  and pulse just to combine. Add more oil if necessary to achieve a smooth fluid consistency.



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