Basil is used in Italian, Mediterranean, and Thai cuisine.
Verities of basil include the Sweet Basil, Lemon Basil, Thai Basil, and Holy Basil. The latter is used in Ayurvedic traditional medicine practices.
Basil is a member of the Lamiaceae family, and included with the plant species is the mint, oregano, catnip, rosemary, and sage.
Italian Pasta With Pesto Sauce
This meal can be prepared in 30 minutes, and here is what you will need, starting with the pesto recipe.
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
¼ cup pine nuts
2 large garlic cloves
½ cup grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Place all the ingredients in a food processor, except oil, and pulse. Start to add oil slowly, pulsing until ingredients form a smooth paste.
If you do not use right away, or there are left overs, store in a jar container with a layer of olive oil on top to prevent discoloration.
Prepare the spaghetti pasta according to packaged instructions. Just as pasta is done, place a large frying pan on medium heat. Then drain and rinse pasta. Set aside.
Pour about 1/8 cup (1 ounce) of olive oil to the heated pan, let warm and then add the pasta to pan.
Mix to coat the pasta and add pesto sauce, starting with a 1/2 cup and mix to coat the pasta adding more pesto if needed.
Plate and serve.
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