A great Italian meal consisting of basil pesto, pasta, and the pleasure of eating it. Enjoy.
1/2 box Elbow Macaroni
Fresh Basil Leaves, Washed
Baby Spinach, Washed (optional)
Toasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 Shallot, Peeled And Thinly Sliced
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled And Smashed
Parmesan Cheese, Grated
Salt and Pepper, to taste
White Balsamic Vinegar
For the original pasta:
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and divide between two serving bowls.
For the pesto:
1. In a food processor, grind together fresh basil leaves, baby spinach (if using), toasted sesame seeds, thinly sliced shallot, smashed garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, tomato paste, white balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper, and with the machine running, slowly stream in olive oil until it becomes a smooth sauce.
For the finished pasta:
1. Stir half into each bowl of pasta, and enjoy.
Yields: 2 servings