Best-o Pesto!

First, I’d like to remind everyone to carefully rinse their lettuce. I found two small slugs in mine yesterday! While I’m sure it’s an excellent source of protein, it’s an unpleasant surprise. However, as Alycia said, “And truthfully, I don’t want to eat any lettuce that a slug isn’t interested in.”

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are invited to pick fresh herbs from Dean’s Greenhouse when we pick up our CSA box. I had some left over from last week and I also picked a bunch of basil and parsley. What to make? I suddenly had a flashback from when I spent the summer in Italy and remembered all the pesto I ate. For some reason, I didn’t like it then. But, I decided to give it another try. I had some random elbow mac in the cupboard, so I threw that in a pot to cook. Then, I made pesto using all the basil, lemon basil, and parsley I had lying around. Oh, what a glorious thing to have fresh herbs just lying around!

Into the food processor they go along with some crushed garlic. Tomato photo bomb!

Give it a few pulses while adding enough olive oil to taste. I neglected to take a picture of this step. Sorry.

I scooped it out of the food processor and put it directly on the pasta. Then I mixed in some salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.

Meanwhile, I had some chicken cooking on the stove. I tossed up a salad from the CSA box and Voila! Dinner is served! P.S. It was delicious!

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About Elyse

We are a group of family and friends in Northeast Ohio, embarking on our first adventures in Community Supported Agriculture. We have purchased shares in Dean's Greenhouse in Westlake, Ohio; and at Birdsong Farm in Hiram, Ohio. This blog highlights the fresh produce we receive each week, new foods we try, the cooking discoveries we make along the way, and the resulting food comas we endure, all in the name of good food and the love of family and friends.

6 thoughts on “Best-o Pesto!

  1. theneighborboys

    Pesto pasta is always scrumptious, and I haven’t made it in such a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Casey Myers

    mmm…slugs. I had a furry spider in my black raspberries last week. I’ve also had a furry caterpillar in my swiss chard (which sounds like a euphemism for something, but I’m being very literal). I like to call them “organic indicators”. It makes me feel better about almost eating bugs.

    1. Elyse Post author

      Yeah, I really don’t mind them at all. Just a bit surprising is all.

      Also, I’m cracking up over your “furry caterpillar in my swiss chard” comment. Thank you for the new euphemism.

  3. carolyngalizio

    Looks delicious. Also, so beautiful!
    I agree about the insects in the lettuce. We have had some kind of small critters in a few heads of our lettuce. Not the least bit upsetting, but I would rather not eat them if I can help it. Casey, would you tell how you made the best hummus that I have ever eaten?

  4. jeffchild

    The pesto looks fantastic. I love pasta and I think with the CSA and the pasta place at the farmers market we are perfecting a ton of fun and unique ways to eat pasta. Thanks for sharing your great process.


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