Monday, April 22, 2013

Whole Grain pasta loaded with Pesto

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I thought since it is Earth day, I should eat the pesto I prepared a week ago. Basil and Parsley and I get alng well. It cleans your gut from toxic food, and I love it.

Basil has great benefits to your health.
  • The volatile oils in basil can relax the gut, making it good for digestion, and also have anti-bacterial and anti- inflammatory properties.
  • Basil contains flavonoids which may help to protect cells against free radical damage so it’s a great herb to use liberally for its antioxidant capabilities.I love Basil, it is one of the few herbs which it is practical to eat in large amounts, making it a good source of vitamin K and can be converted to vitamin A in the body.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or parmesean cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • Salt


Using a mortar, combine the basil and the parsley and crush until a paste starts to form. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to crush until a creamy paste has formed.
I don't like to add the cheese most of the time if I want store it, it stores better and longer without cheese.

Serve with pasta or bread. Happy Earth day and Happy eating!


  1. Love Basil, so refreshing... Thanks for stopping by the Mom's Monday Mingle. Following you here and everywhere!

  2. Nothing like fresh basil..........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  3. Hi Sara, thanks for the email you sent. I wonder why you couldn't comment? Well, thank you for going out of your way to send an email. That was really sweet of you. We have basil growing right now and we love it with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella too :0 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!~ JES