Pesto (used my fresh sweet basil on the pot)

It’s my first time to make pesto. I thought it was difficult to make. So many steps that I was hesitant to take. My colleague Christine, was asking me to make one while we were still in Cebu with so many basil shrubs in our little garden, but I just didn’t have the time, or maybe the guts! hehehe! But Finally I got the courage to make it, and I think I make made it perfectly good! The combination of garlic and basil and nuts and olive oil is just so good! This is for Christine who is currently in Singapore with her cute little girl Xandra and hubby Marjon and to the rest of Pesto fanatics!
Enjoy

Ingredients:

Fresh Basil leaves
Garlic
Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese
Salt
Walnuts/Hazelnuts/Pistachio nuts/Almonds

Procedure:

1. Very finely Chop the following: Basil, Garlic, Walnuts.
2. In a bowl combine all ingredients and taste with salt.
3. Make sure you’ll have more olive oil than your dry ingredients.
4. Then your Pesto is ready.

I prefer this as finely chopped than processed in blender, I like tasting some texture on the sauce.
Enjoy your pesto on Pasta, Fresh veges salad, meat and other combination you can think of.

Basil ready to be chopped

Pesto sauce

Shrimp Ziti in three-cheese-milk sauce topped with Pesto

I love the combination of three cheeses here.
You can use other cheeses if the ones I used are not available.
It’s my first time to make Pesto and I think I made it so good !!!
My basil on the pot have really given me handful of basil leaves on my recipes.
I’ll make a separate post on pesto.

Ingredients:

peeled Shrimp and sliced like butterfly
Ziti Pasta

sliced Swiss Cheese
sliced Cream Cheese
Grated Mozzarella Cheese
Whole Milk

Salt
Sliced Garlic
Sliced Onions

Procedure:

0.0 On a separate pan, put water to boil with oil and salt.
0.1 Add the pasta and boil until pasta is cooked 10 – 12 mins.
0.2 When Pasta is cooked drain the water and set aside.

On a sautee pan:
1. Sautee garlic and onions in olive oil.
2. Add shrimp and continue sautee.
3. Add salt and whole milk and a little water.
4. Add 3 Cheeses and simmer until all cheeses are melted and sauce becomes thick.
5. Add Pasta and serve topped with pesto.

Pesto

Ingredients

Shrimp Ziti with 3 Cheese and Pesto