Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pesto and Pasta

We grow a lot of basil in the garden. It's not readily available here at any season in it's fresh form and it is a favorite herb. It's great with anything tomato even just a chiffonade of basil showered over a dish.

We love pesto and make many jars from the garden basil over the summer and in the fall, we pull up all the plants in the garden and spend an afternoon making pesto for the freezer.

In winter, a big plate of spaghetti and a jar of thawed pesto and a good hunk of Parmesan cheese, we have a quick and tasty lunch or dinner. With snow flying outside, it is surely summer on a plate as we enjoy a meal with our garden basil.

Of course, on pesto making day, all we need is the platter of spaghetti to pour the pesto on. It's the perfect lunch. So perfect, in fact, that husband Jim opened a bottle of sauvignon blanc to enjoy with lunch.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, I just expanded your photo to full size. This is an absolutely beautiful dish. Wow!

test it comm said...

Its hard to beat a nice fresh basil pesto pasta! It looks really good!