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When I first started college, my diet consisted of about 75% pesto pasta. Whether I was making it for myself, or having it made for me, it was my go to meal. I quickly learned that I should not be eating this meal 75% of the time because that is exactly how you gain the freshman 15, but it was just SO GOOD!
After cutting down to about 25% of my diet, I found myself craving this meal even more! It is just flat out good! The fun part about it is that you can literally add almost anything to the meal! I added some parmesan cheese and red bell pepper just for a little more flavor. Tomatoes are also a great addition to this meal as well.
The best part about this recipe is that, without the add ons, it is literally only 2 ingredients. That’s right folks, I said 2. Pasta and pesto sauce. Of course this recipe can get a little more complicated if you make your own pesto or if you make your own pasta. There are, of course, some handy tools to help you do this. To create pesto, a pestle (as highlighted in my post Ten Perfect Gifts For Someone Who Loves To Cook) can really help that process. Getting the pesto to a perfect consistency can be really tough, but a pestle helps a ton. To create pasta, the process becomes 100 times easier when you have a pasta maker. It helps get the pasta dough to a perfect size and thickness.
Cooking pasta can be tricky. You cannot just put the pasta in the pot and walk away or the pasta on the bottom of the pan will burn. I bring my water to a boil first and then add my pasta. As soon as I add my pasta, I am stirring to make sure it does not stick to the bottom and burn. A fun tip to bring a little more flavor to your pasta would be to add salt as it is cooking. The salt gives plain old pasta a little flare! Using a salt grinder gives the best result. I love the flavor that is brought out by freshly ground salt crystals so I highly suggest trying this out!
If you want to avoid that carbs, there are a lot of healthy alternatives to pasta that can be used. For example, zucchini is a great alternative to use as a “pasta”. To do this, get yourself a Veggetti. A Veggetti transforms and slices almost any veggie to the shape of pasta in order to cook with.
There are so many different things you can do with this recipe and it is super cheap and easy. Two words I know we all love, especially on a bust week night!
If you want to change up your typical pasta meal for a night, I definitely suggest trying this recipe out!
- 1 lb pasta
- 1 cup pesto
- Cook pasta in a boiling pot.
- Begin to heat up pesto in a large non-stick stir-fry pan.
- Once complete, strain pasta.
- Add pasta to pesto and fold until combined well.
- Cut up and add any veggies or cheese you want to add. Be creative!