Growing basil in Texas is a beautiful experience. While most of our gardening efforts have been destroyed by birds and pests, the basil continues to produce . . . and then produce some more. Our only problem with basil around here is what to do with it all!
- 12 oz brown rice pasta
- 1/2 lb chicken breast (baked and diced small)
- 4 cups fresh basil (packed leaves)
- 1 cup parmesan cheese (plus extra to sprinkle over pasta)
- 3/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
- 2/3 cup pine nuts (or half pine nuts and half chopped walnuts – soaked to reduce phytates if possible)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- Boil water, add pasta and cook until tender.
- For the pesto: In a food processor, combine basil and nuts and pulse a few times.
- Add garlic and pulse a few more times.
- Slowly add all the olive oil while food processor is on.
- Add cheese and pulse until well-combined
- Put it all together: Toss pasta, pesto and chicken together in a large bowl.
- Add more olive oil if desired.
- Transfer to serving plates and sprinkle with parmesan.
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner