Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Pesto Cavatappi

A few months ago I tried pesto for the first time at a local restaurant. I couldn't believe what I'd been missing out on. I love the combination of pine nuts, garlic, basil, and cheese. Here I have recreated the dish I had that day. We love it.

4 cloves of garlic
½ c pine nuts
2 c fresh basil
½ c olive oil
¼ c grated parmesan cheese
¾ t salt
½ t pepper

Combine all ingredients and puree in a food processor or blender. Add to cooked pasta. Top with grilled chicken. (I added a little extra pesto directly to the chicken as well. I also substituted whole grain pasta again, which was pretty tasty.)

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