Is there anything better than fresh basil? I don’t think so. I love its slight natural sweetness and its bold flavor. My aunt and uncle have the most gorgeous basil plants that are growing like crazy and I have a love of finding uses for specific ingredients, especially when they are in abundance.
Pesto seemed like the perfect thing. Don’t even get me started on how much I love the flavors of pesto. It makes me want to kiss my fingers and bellow “Mamma Mia!” like a fat Italian man. There are so many possibilities with pesto. You can add it to sauces, spread it on bread, use it as a dip, or make pasta salad!
This is kind of a cheap version of pesto because I skipped the pine nuts. I adore pine nuts but the prices are crazy high right now so I figured we could do without. Besides, walnut pesto is really good.
Am I the only one loving the heat? I am probably more excited about the summer weather than most because I have been in the opposite season for a while. Jumping from cold and rainy right into hot and sunny is a strange experience. I love it! I was getting sick of being cold and now I get to skip a month of winter. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.
This pasta salad is the perfect thing to make on a hot day. The flavors are so fresh and summery. Perfect for any picnic or poolside lunch.