When I was younger my mom didn’t cook much. Yeah she’d cook to feed us, but she wasn’t one who experimented with new things. We ate steaks, Hamburgers, Hamburger Helper, Mac & Cheese (from a box), etc. Now both my grandmother’s cooked but again it was more meat and potato vs the extreme culinary recipes. So I didn’t actually develop my passion for cooking until later in life. I was home one Christmas break from college and got wheeled in to Food Network watching Rachael Ray (which I know a lot of you don’t like… LOL). So that opened my eyes up to Paula Deen and Emril Lagasse and The Barefoot Contessa and Tyler Florence and the list could go on and on and on.
They all tend to make Pesto at one point or another as well. So I decided I needed to try my hand at making homemade Pesto. Oh my gosh it’s super easy and Oh my gos it’s super good. I wasn’t sure I could convince my husband to try it because when it comes to anything with nuts involved, He’s OUT! But I lucked out and conned him in to taking a leap of faith and trusting me. What do you know, it paid off too!!!
Here is our recipe for:
2 cups loosely packed basil
3/4cup Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
Fresh black pepper
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
squirt of Lemon juice (prolly a tsp is what I used…)
Whole Wheat Penne Pasta (or your pasta of choice)
2 Chicken breasts, diced into 1″ cubes