The basil is growing beautifully in the garden this year. I wonder if all the salt water from Sandy had something to do with it!? Well, this is a pleasant treat and finding ways to use it is not a chore but rather fun and delicious.
1 cup fresh basil
1 vine ripe tomato
1 large clove garlic
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon vinegar
½ teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup white beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
1 lb. of your favorite macaroni
In a blender, pulse basil, garlic, tomato, cheese, salt, red pepper, vinegar, sugar, and olive oil until smooth and creamy.
Prepare macaroni as directed. Place macaroni in a serving bowl.
Add pesto and beans to the macaroni and toss. Take a little extra fresh basil, give it a fine chop and toss it in with the macaroni.
Enjoy with Love,