My Famous Pesto Sauce

Here it is! My all time favorite pasta salad (I have a weak spot for this stuff). It is famous among family and friends… always a hit at our dinner parties. Every time I make it I get requests for the recipe. So, I’ve decided to let you all in on my secret sauce. There are so many variations to this recipe. I change it up each time I make it. But today, I am going to give you the basics with a few extra twists to spice things up.

Pesto Sauce (untraditional)

1 cup olive oil

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

3 medium cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 tsp dried chili flakes (optional)

Sea salt and pepper to taste

OPTION:

1/2 an avocado (this will give it a creamy texture)

1 tbs capers (this can replace added salt)

1 cup arugula (to give it a peppery taste)

YIELDS:

4 Servings

**I do not add nuts into my recipe. Pine nuts are a common ingredient found in traditional pesto sauces**

A list of ingredients to use in your pasta salad:
  • 100% spelt noodles, brown rice noodles, soba noodles, chopped kale, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, sautéed mushrooms, red onion sliced, spinach, arugula, cherry tomatoes, orange/red/yellow peppers sliced, peas.

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients into a blender and blend until the ingredients have come together (you can make it smooth or keep it a little more chunky. Whatever your heart desires)
  2. Taste to make sure the flavors are even and to your liking. If you like it a little more tangy add some more fresh lemon juice. If it is too thick, add in some more olive oil. Play around until it works for you.
  3. When you are ready to prepare your meal, pour 3/4 of the sauce on the pasta salad and mix until it is well coated. Cover the pasta salad and place into the fridge to absorb all the flavours.
  4. Before serving, pour on remaining sauce. Mix well. Enjoy…but don’t eat the entire bowl!
Be creative with your pasta. Make it your own!


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