Monday, February 15, 2010

Pesto Sauce

A few weeks ago I posted a quick dinner idea from Trader Joe's, Genovese Pesto Marinated Chicken- and my goal was to come up with a do-it-yourself version that turned out SO SO SO good! Now pesto sauce is really easy to make- it takes minimal ingredients, very little talent and is bursting with flavor, not to mention really reasonable on the ol' pocket book. There are lots of different options of what to do with the sauce, so get creative... baked chicken, pesto pizza, or maybe some tasty pasta??? Feel free to share your ideas too!

3 cups fresh basil
2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts
5 cloves garlic
s & p

This is super easy- put all the ingredients in a food processor (or Vitamix!) and blend until it's a creamy consistency.

***Once you have the paste made, you can add it to cooked pasta and throw in some chopped baked chicken and sun-dried tomatoes or you can coat some raw chicken with the sauce and bake it on 400 for 30 minutes and serve it over or along side a bed of pasta. When I last made this I served it with a side of roasted brussell sprouts and cauliflower with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar and the flavors and juices all ran together into a wonderful concoction!

Raw Chicken Breasts Coated in Pesto Sauce before baking for 30 minutes on 400

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