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!


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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