Thursday, November 19, 2009


The three main ingredients in Pesto are fresh basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese... but it also takes a lot of time in the blender and time cooking and some days you just don't have that kind of time. So here's a pesto inspired dish that takes way less time to prepare.

2-3 cups fresh basil loosely chopped
1 1/2 cups pine nuts
1/4 cup (or so) cup olive oil
1 red pepper roughly diced
2 yellow peppers roughly diced
1/2 an onion diced fine (or equivalent amount diced dried onion)
kosher salt to taste

If you're serving over noodles (I recommend a fun-shaped noodle like pinwheels) you'll want to start your water first. And don't begin sauteing until after the noodle water boils because, seriously, this only needs about five minutes over medium flame in a cast iron skillet.

Serve over noodles, with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese to top it off.

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