Basil Pesto Pasta – Fresh Homemade Sauce

About Basil Pesto

 

I always make a fresh pesto to serve a basil pesto pasta. Freshly made pesto has its typical fresh green colour and rich taste of extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil leaves.

The original basil pesto should be prapared from Genovese basil. Any other basil grown outside of the region of Liguria cannot be labelled Genovese. The Genovese basil leaves are sweet, with a brighter flavors. When buying the fresh basil in the supermarket, it is good to look for this with bright green leaves. Young bunches are the best to make a fresh pesto.

Also using an original, Italian  pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil and cheese is the best to make a perfect pesto.

To make a great tasting pesto, it is good to soak basil leaves in cold water for 15 minutes. Soaking basil leaves before making pesto, softens them and removes unwanted bitterness. Also choosing the younger, sweeter tasting basil leaves is better to prepare a fresh pesto.

Fresh pesto pasta can be served as either a first course or a main dish. If not serving immediately transfer your pesto to a small container and refrigerate, covered. The fresh basil pesto can be stored up to 3 days in the fridge.

Serve your basil pasta with a freshly cooked pasta of your choice. I cook linguine pasta until al dente usually. If I want to make my pesto pasta less oily , I cook one medium potato in the large pot of boiling salted water first. It takes  about 15 minutes.  Then I add linguine to the pot and cook as usually. While tossing, the cooked potato will combine with pesto pasta easily and it helps to absorb the excess olive oil from pesto.

Using the small amount of hot pasta water and whisking it into the pesto  helps to warm the pesto sauce and makes it more creamy. Pour the pesto sauce over the pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately and enjoy your dinner. :)

I hope you will enjoy making your homemade basil pesto.

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Basil Pesto Pasta
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Basil Pesto Pasta
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Instructions
  1. Prepare your fresh ingredients.
  2. Soak basil leaves in large bowl of very cold water. Lift leaves from water and repeat twice using fresh water.
  3. Soak fresh basil leaves in a large bowl of cold water for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile grate the parmesan cheese.
  5. Combine pine nuts and garlic in the jar of an electric blender.
  6. Cover with olive oil.
  7. Puree until the mixture is very creamy.
  8. Season with salt.
  9. In a couple of additions, lift basil from water, shaking off excess water from leaves and add basil to the blender.
  10. Puree to combine, trying to not overblend the mixture.
  11. Add parmesan cheese and puree to combine with a couple of a very short pulses.
  12. In the large pot of boiling water, cook linguine until al dente.
  13. Drain the pasta in the colander.
  14. Pour fresh pesto sauce over the linguine pasta and toss to combine.
  15. Serve immediately and enjoy.
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Cooking Salmon on the Stove – Salmon Cubes with Broccoli

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Salmon fillets or a whole salmon is prepared on the grill or in the oven mostly. But there are many different variations of cooking salmon on the stove also. If you are looking for a simple way  of preparing a salmon fillets on the stove top, accompanied with a healthy vegetables, I have one simple recipe to share with you now.

The best is to use a skinless salmon fillets to prepare this dish, to cut them into cubes  and cook until cooked through, but slightly pink in the center.

All in one pan, this tasty and colourful dish can make a perfect dinner to share with your whole family. I like when broccoli keeps its fresh green colour, when served. I try to not overcook broccoli and I cook it over the steam usually. For this recipe I like to divide broccoli crowns into a small florets instead of cutting them into the thin pieces. Broccoli florets make a nice bite sized pieces and they look great on the serving plate also.

Serve your salmon cubes cooked on the stove immediately. If you fill like a little side dish would be nice to enjoy with your salmon dinner, serve with a simply cooked rice or a brown rice.

Enjoy your cooked salmon fillets dinner!

Looking forward to receiving your comments below.

 

Cooking Salmon On The Stove - Salmon Cubes With Broccoli
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Cooking Salmon On The Stove - Salmon Cubes With Broccoli
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4 persons
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Servings: persons
Instructions
  1. Cut broccoli stems from crowns.
  2. Separate broccoli crowns into small florets.
  3. Cook broccoli in the steamer 3-5 minutes.
  4. Crush pine nuts if using.
  5. Cut salmon fillets into 1 inch cubes.
  6. In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat.
  7. Add salmon and cook turning once halfway through, until cooked through, but slightly pink in the center. It takes 3-5 minutes usually.
  8. Remove skillet from the heat.
  9. With a slotted spoon transfer salmon to a plate and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Return skillet to the heat and add remaining olive oil.
  11. Add garlic, chilli peppers and pine nuts if using and combine.
  12. Add broccoli florets and combine well.
  13. Finally add salmon cubes into the skillet.
  14. Serve immediately.
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