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clifftaylor

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Pesto
« on: April 09, 2008, 07:03:05 pm »
I like Pesto. However, all I seem to do with it is:
Boil pasta,
Add Pesto,
Stir,
Eat.
But I suspect I'm doing it a disservice - does anyone have a better use for it??

Re: Pesto
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008, 07:07:28 pm »
Soften some onions in a frying pan, and add chopped up bacon to the pan too. When the onions are translucent  and the bacon is cooked, add to pasta along with pesto. It's one of my emergency meals and is very yummy.

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Re: Pesto
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008, 07:17:29 pm »
I like Pesto. However, all I seem to do with it is:
Boil pasta,
Add Pesto,
Stir,
Eat.
But I suspect I'm doing it a disservice - does anyone have a better use for it??

That works very well, mind  ;)
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Re: Pesto
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008, 07:26:39 pm »
Spread it on a baguette then put slices of tomato and goats cheese inside, pop it in the oven for 5 minutes, and you have a delicious warm sandwich.

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Re: Pesto
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2008, 09:29:45 pm »
This may sound wierd, but I used some home-made rocket pesto in the vegetable stir fry I had for dinner tonight.

Worked quite well, I thought.
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Re: Pesto
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2008, 09:50:37 pm »
Thinly slice potatoes and add to boiling water.  After a couple of minutes add green beans to the water.  Cook your pasta.  Aim to have potatoes, pasta, and beans all ready at the same time (arithmetic may be involved).

Meanwhile, heat pesto gently in a pan with about half a teaspoon of flaked dried chillis.  When the other ingredients are ready, drain, add to the pesto, and, er, stir and eat...

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Re: Pesto
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2008, 10:36:42 pm »
That pasta and pesto - shred up some baby spinach and toss it in, let the heat and steam wilt it.  Dee-licious.
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Re: Pesto
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2008, 01:28:16 pm »
Use gnocchi instead of the pasta!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Pesto
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2008, 01:31:31 pm »
It's good as a half and half mix with tomato puree on top of a pizza.

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Re: Pesto
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2008, 01:35:35 pm »
I often have cheddar cheese & pesto sandwiches.  There's lots of pestos mixed in with other things you can buy now.  Yum Yum.
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Re: Pesto
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2008, 10:20:44 am »
It's not my recipe, but we sometimes do:

Cook your pasta (spaghetti is good) and stir in the pesto.
While pasta is cooking, gently fry chopped shallots for a few mins, then mix in fingers of cooked beetroot to warm through.
Crumble up some feta cheese. Put pasta in bowls (you want to make sure it's hot), sprinkle feta on top, then spoon your shallot and beetroot mixture on top of that.

yum!

clifftaylor

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Re: Pesto
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2008, 10:32:45 am »
Hmm, sounds good!!

Re: Pesto
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2008, 09:26:47 pm »
I like Pesto. However, all I seem to do with it is:
Boil pasta,
Add Pesto,
Stir,
Eat.
But I suspect I'm doing it a disservice - does anyone have a better use for it??

What?!
No garlic?
No tuna/chicken?
Mushrooms?
Broccoli?
Splash of olive oil?
All or just some of the above are good with pasta and pesto and never takes long to prepare.

Pesto is good with jacket spuds too.

Sometimes I just have olive oil, paprika and mixed spice with my pasta etc.

Re: Pesto
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2008, 09:35:01 pm »
Real pesto is equal quantities of,
Grated fresh Parmesan
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic
Basil
Toasted Pine nuts


blended together and eaten raw; no more, no less
(actually it's an old Italian recipe to preserve Basil over the winter when they couldn't grow it but these days..)

actually cliff if you're talking about the variety out of a jar no probably not much else you can do with it.

gonzo

Re: Pesto
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2008, 03:05:33 pm »
Real pesto is equal quantities of,
Grated fresh Parmesan
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic
Basil
Toasted Pine nuts


I assume you mean eual weights? That's seriously garlicy! I tried it a little while back and was shocked at the potency.

Then again, I tried with 1/2 the garlic and that was dull, or my taste buds never got over the first attempt!

iakobski

Re: Pesto
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2008, 03:22:44 pm »
Roll out half a pack of puff pastry to fit your baking tray. Score 1 cm from edge.

Spread pesto all over except for edge.

Toss in a little olive oil: cherry tomatoes capers olives chunks of red onion goats cheese slices of pepper

Pile veg on top of pesto and bake.