This week for Thirty Minute Thursdays, cooking our way through Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta book with Glennis and whoever else wants to join us, I made Linguine al Pesto di Basilico (Linguine with Classic Basil Pesto), on page 54.
My basil plant is growing like crazy this year and I am finding that I need to step up my use of it to just keep up with it, so I was looking for a pesto recipe for this week from this book. I found two, so I made one this week and will make the other next week so that I can compare as they use different ingredients.
The ingredient list: garlic, basil, pine nuts, salt, olive oil, linguine, butter, and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The pesto making part of the recipe was very easy, and absolutely delightfully delicious, not too strong with the garlic, just the right amount, not too much oil, just the right amount, and took only moments to make. I am going to be making this a lot this summer if this basil holds out, it's my favorite pesto recipe so far. Hazan also gives instructions for how to freeze pesto. After the pesto is made, it is just a matter of tossing it with the linguine and ready to eat just that quick.
If you like the looks and sounds of it, buy the book as I am a believer in encouraging people to support the authors who put together these fabulous books by buying a copy, so you won't find the recipes posted from this book here. (Buy it, the recipes are easy, the ingredients are easy to locate, it's not pricey, and there are photos of almost all the recipes.)