I have attempted to grow basil at least twice in the last year with no success. I planted some basil from seeds in our container garden a couple days before mother's day. Despite my gardening attempts, the basil is thriving.
So, the moment we have been waiting for.... Eating food that we grew.
Cannelloni bean pesto:
- 1 can cannelloni beans rinsed and drained
- 2-3 cloves minced garlic
- Fresh basil
- Fresh lettuce from garden
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast
- Garlic salt to taste
I started out following a recipe, but got didn't have everything I needed so I improvised. Most basil recipes call for about 3 cups of fresh basil. My plant only had about 3/4 cup, so I added some fresh lettuce and extra dried basil. I added the beans for some extra protein and nutritional yeast for some cheesy flavor.
It was super easy. I threw everything in the food processor and then mixed it with the cooked pasta.
If you would like more texture, I recommend adding the walnuts at the very end and barely chopping them.
Today for lunch, I had the leftover pesto with some pitas. Mmmmm.