July 31, 2010

The Day Before

You open up your fridge. You find a lone bottle of ketchup, some slices of expired cheese, an almost-empty carton of milk, and a foil-wrapped mystery that's exuding an unwelcome stench. Time to go to the market (after you scrub down your fridge). 

Although my current situation is not as tragic, I am in desperate need to go grocery shopping. Before I eagerly make my trip to the store (an activity I consider to be a genuine treat as opposed to a chore), I decided to make one more sweeping effort to "clean out" my fridge before replenishment. The end product? Voila, simple, yet delicious pasta.

What I had:
  • 5 sprigs (?) of fresh basil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • leftover corn salsa
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • half a box of farfelle pasta
  • 1/3 can left of pepperoncini (banana peppers)

What I didn't have:
  • Olive oil or veg oil (result: had to resort to sesame oil) - I thought the sesame oil would overpower the basil and garlic both in smell and taste, and if I had not used just a tsp. or so, it would have, but a little goes a long way with sesame oil.
  • Pine nuts (the extra texture and flavor really accentuates the pesto, but alas).
  • Cheese
  • Butter or margarine

What I did:
  • Boiled pasta until al dente. Drained; set aside.
  • Pulsed together the basil leaves, garlic cloves, sesame oil, pepperoncinis in a food processor until the texture was practically smooth.
  • Added about 1 tbsp. of pesto to the pasta; tossed in the corn salsa; dumped tomato sauce, and stirred it up.
Fini. Enjoy! :)

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