Fresh Basil Pesto: From Snack to Main Dish

Pasta about to be cooked

Many people today now work towards staying fit and healthy at all costs. Some strive so hard to do the same but end up cheating on junk. And one of the reasons people backslide to junk food is because of the time it takes to prepare a healthy meal.

But cooking expert believes you can make meals fast, simple and healthy, and answering the question “What’s for dinner?” should never be difficult.

Making the Versatile Green Paste

One type of food that can fall under the never-be-difficult category is Basil Pesto. This is a traditional Italian sauce made from fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.

You can dump and mix all these ingredients into a food processor until they make a wonderful green paste, tangy with garlic and bursting with aroma. Transfer the paste into an airtight container and store away in the fridge to make your different pesto dishes. A little goes a long way.

What You Can Do with Basil Pesto

1. Asian-Italian Pasta

Mix your pesto with angel hair pasta and half a cup of boiled or grilled tuna chunks. Top with cut up strips of Japanese nori to make that perfect cultural mix you never thought would go together.

2. Sourdough Pesto Crisps

Spread some pesto on a slice of a sourdough baguette. Add a thin slice of a salad tomato and top with thin strips of feta cheese. Pop it in the oven until the bread is nice and crispy, and enjoy it with a glass of honey-lemon cooler on a laid-back Sunday afternoon.

3. Pesto Omelet

Beat eggs, grated parmesan cheese, and a teaspoon of pesto together. You can add minced red bell peppers or slices of ham and fry. Now you can have a taste of Dr. Seuss’ green eggs and ham.

If you love to experiment with sauces, you should try basil pesto. From a full main dish to a quick snack, pesto will never fail to put the extra “umph” in all your meals.